Intel: the fall of an empire?

With the arrival of Apple Silicon, Apple has begun to make processors at home and it won't be long before other tech companies like Microsoft or Huawei start doing the same reasoning . And what does intel do?

With the introduction of the new M1 chips featuring a totally different architecture, Apple has ushered in a new era of processors in terms of speed and performance. The architecture that differentiates Intel processors from M1 is on the SoC front, so when we talk about M1 we are talking about a System-on-Chip where we find a discourse of grouping the most important parts of a logic board.

On the left we have a Mac with an Intel card. On the right a Mac with M1 processor.

In Macs with Intel processors we find a logic board that accommodates multiple sections dedicated to specific tasks: a controller designed to manage a specific thing positioned independently from the rest.

If you notice the difference, in Macs with M1 (Apple Silicon) the size of the logic board is decidedly lower (half) than in Intel, thanks to the new SoC architecture, where we find the union within the same piece of silicon. several previously separate parts (such as the T2 Chip, dedicated to security).

And the Intel problem?

With the birth of the new processors, Apple has given the input to all the tech giants, a launch that is leading companies like Microsoft and Amazon to seriously consider making the chips themselves.

A sore point , underlined by Intel shareholders, was also its absence in the AI (artificial intelligence) scenario , a sector in exponential growth with the introduction and evolution of increasingly cutting-edge technologies, especially in artificial intelligence. where Apple is among the first with its Neural Engine, a processor dedicated exclusively to Siri's machine learning that is in constant communication with the Secure Enclave (hardware function responsible for security) which protects user data using AI

Intel's current business strategy calls for a single roof, shared by both design and manufacturing, so shareholders are encouraging Intel to look around at other states, such as Asia, considering moving manufacturing to Asia and keeping the design on American soil.

The situation could also become even more complicated if we think of new technologies such as the new Mac keyboards that provide a mini-display under each key, thus opening various solutions to users, especially for those who prefer writing on the screen than on the keyboard.

Curated by Giulio Montanaro.

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