Intel’s Battle with Arm

on July 25, 2018
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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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