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If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s the message that must have gone through the minds of Intel’s board, when they finally decided to start manufacturing ARM based processors. Yes, that’s right, Intel would be manufacturing processors that are based on architecture by what once the company considered as its arch enemy.

Apparently, the 64-bit quad core processor from the company would be the first of its kind (Apple A7 is dual core). Now, that’s one way to make an entry. The processor would be based on 14nm architecture. The move leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Firstly, what would be the future of Intel’s Atom line? Also, we wonder how would the chip giant fare against the likes of Samsung, Qualcomm and NVIDIA, who’s chips are found in more than 90 percent of all smartphones and tablets (Apple aside). Also, would Intel be making chips for entry level phones which are currently powered by the likes of MediaTek processors.

The processor will be reportedly based on Cortex A53, which should give it a clear cutting edge over today’s Cortex A15 offerings. What kind of GPU would go into the chip is also unknown at the moment.

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