The next generation Intel platform for laptop computers, ( not netbooks) is code named Arrandale, and is a chip that contains the video processor on the same die as the CPU. Apple has decided that it won’t be using the Arrandale chipset, however, as it is not satisfied with the GPU performance – it appears to be delivering typical Intel graphics performance – underwhelming.
According to the story in Bright Side of News, the great many of laptop providers will be eschewing the Arrandale chipset for the very same reason. It appears that nVidia is the big winner this time. –
In just a few weeks Intel will launch its 32+45nm dual-core+iGFX Fusion processor, and the OEMs have jumped onboard with the Calpella designs [codename for PM55-chipset based platform]. However, there is one company that doesn’t care…
Apple is the company that is known for always going on their own way and now it seems that the divide between Apple and Intel is wider than ever. According to sources close to the heart of the matter, Apple allegedly refused to adopt Intel’s Arrandale and the Calpella platform in its default form. In order for Apple to implement Calpella design with their next refresh of Mac mini / MacBook / MacBook Pro lines, Intel will have to provide Apple with the 32nm version without the integrated graphics part. Again, we cannot confirm the information about the replacement CPU, we only know that Apple rejected Arrandale.
Also worth noting is that according to available information, nVidia scored massive 80% of Calpella design wins with their 40nm based DirectX 10.1 parts, which only leaves us to wonder where things went wrong for AMD and their Manhattan line of Mobility Radeon products. As you probably know, ATI Manhattan is a codename for mobile versions of DirectX 11 parts [Evergreen family].
But it turns out that OEMs were much more interested in Hybrid Graphics mode and allegedly nVidia hardware performs much better in that switching function than ATI-based GPUs. Given that AMD has its own vision for notebooks, we’re not entirely surprised at this chain of events.
So it’s a good thing for Apple that other manufacturers are going along the same lines; otherwise it would have been far too expensive to go to Intel for their small volume of chips. It would have added more cost issues to the line, something Apple does not need. The loyal only stay that way until they feel they’ve been abused.
It’s too bad that AMD has not come up with a suitable Fusion chip, as it might move Apple to come up with the changes needed for running OS X on AMD.
On the bright side, the news means that nVidia will continue on, with lots of notebook graphics sales, plus the usual loyal desktop following.
How Apple sees Intel about now…