ARM Roadmap 2018-20 Shows How It Is Going To Take On Intel

SKUs Similar To Core i5 With Lower TDP

ARM Roadmap 2018-20 has been revealed and the chipmaker has highlighted how it is going to compete with Intel in the CPU market. The main thing of note is that the ARM Roadmap mentions chips that are similar to the Intel Core i5 CPUs in performance but only have 5W TDP. That is a very low TDP for the performance.

The 7th generation U series chips have a TDP of 15W. ARM is offering one-third of that. This means that consumers will be able to get similar performance and longer battery life while keeping the size of the battery same. This will come in handy for all the people that like using thin and light laptops. Consumers will be able to enjoy better efficiency and this could affect the price as well. As Intel will want to compete with ARM and could drop prices for their chips. This will in term result in reduced prices of laptops.

ARM Roadmap
ARM Roadmap Slide

ARM Roadmap 2018-20 shows that while the chips coming out this year are based on the 10nm and 7nm process, all the chips coming out next year will be based on the 7nm process and all the chips coming out in 2020 will be based on the 7nm and 5nm process. This is pretty competitive keeping in mind that Intel is having issues with the 10nm process and all the chips that are going to be released this year will be based on the 14nm process. The CPUs that will be coming out in the second half of 2019 will be based on the 10nm process.

ARM Roadmap
ARM Roadmap Slide

The ARM Roadmap also shows that the transition from the 10nm process to the 5nm process increases performance by 2,5 times and passes the projections of Moores Law. It seems that Intel will not only be fighting a war against AMD but ARM as well. It will be interesting to see what Intel is going to bring to the table keeping in mind the issues that the company has had with the 10nm process.

One thing is for sure, the pressure is on Intel and the upcoming few months are going to be very interesting indeed.

Talha Amjad
Talha has been in the tech industry for the last 6 years and is a current member of the PC master race.
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