Mobile chips might play a key role in the next generation of supercomputers, according to The MIT Technology Review. Powerful computers used by governmental agencies, educational institutions and major industries consume enormous amounts of power, and the speed at which they can move data is becoming limited. So mobile chips that require less power may lay the foundation for faster, more powerful computers.
That may be bad news for Intel, which currently dominates the market for supercomputer chips but has consistently failed to tap the mobile market. The U.K. firm ARM, meanwhile, has a huge presence in smartphones and tablets, and manufacturers are beginning to tap ARM's technology for supercomputers. Intel is in the midst of a huge restructuring as it hones its focus on the IoT and the cloud, but it may need to take a page from ARM's playbook to stay relevant in the supercomputer market. Article