Intel’s Battle with Arm

Unless you have followed Intel for at least 10 years, you might not now know that at one point, Intel actually owned an Arm business. Up until 2006 Intel owned XScale, an ARM-based chipmaker that it sold that year for $600 million.

Intel sold XScale because it wanted to double down on the x86 architecture that had made it so successful. Intel was working on a low-power version of x86 chips called Atom., Their leadership at that time believed that selling ARM chips would show a lack of commitment to the Atom platform.

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Tim Bajarin

Tim Bajarin is the President of Creative Strategies, Inc. He is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others.