Intel says to beat ARM in power usage

OULU, Finland Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:05am EDT

OULU, Finland Aug 24 (Reuters) - The power usage of Intel's (INTC.O) next generation wireless chip will equal processors based on designs by rival ARM (ARM.L), and the U.S. firm expects to pull away after that, its technology chief said on Tuesday.

"With (our) Moorestown processor we equal them on standby power, in the next generation Medfield we will equal them on active power," Justin Rattner, Intel's Chief Technology Officer, told Reuters in an interview.

"I expect us to just pull away after that because we have a fundamental technology advantage, which they don't have," he said in an interview on the sidelines of a news conference opening Intel's joint research centre with Nokia (NOK1V.HE) in Northern Finland.

Analysts have previously said Intel's chip-and-chipset platforms will be too power-hungry for portable consumer electronics and cellphones, when compared with rival platforms based on ARM architecture.

Battery life -- hurt most by large screens and powerful processors -- is one of the most crucial metrics in the phone industry. (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Louise Heavens)