One thing i'm not sure about and will certainly have a weight soon: China and their homemade cpus.
So far China hasn't shown themselves very formidable in designing CPUs. Licensing CPUs from ARM and putting them in SoCs, sure. Original/custom CPUs, no. What significance Ingenic and even Loongson had has long since been eroded.
I doubt I said x86 is no option for mobile. I only say ARM is a better/wiser choice.
No, you literally said it's not an option.
"I'll also add that x86 is a pretty bad architecture, that's why when you know something else than biased benchmarks on "reputed testing websites" you don't even consider x86 as an option."
I don't know if you only meant for Pyra in particular, but I can't imagine why an SoC would be a feasible option for other mobile devices (phones, tablets) and not something like Pandora.
The fact is, for Pyra, Z3770 and OMAP5 were pretty much the only
options, since they're the only ones you can buy from distributors. The former is dismissed because it wouldn't offer backwards compatibility out of the box (and I'm sure other reasons), and I accept that; it's certainly ED's prerogative to prioritize backwards compatibility. And it's not nearly as detrimental as the decisions Nintendo has made to maintain compatibility. But I think outside of ARM compatibility, ease of porting drivers, and some other issues specific to the developers (like having better support contact with TI, more familiarity with their documentation, just more familiarity in general) Z3370 is probably as good or better than OMAP5 in every other way. Single threaded performance would be at least as good if not higher, higher multithreaded performance, probably significantly better perf/W due to being on a superior process and having a more moderate and aggressively optimized core design, 64-bit (does have some advantages even with 2GB of RAM, especially for emulators), open source GPU drivers, x86 compatibility, etc.
I know I've beaten this to death now but I just wish you'd stop saying that it'd be bad because everyone knows x86 ruins everything.
Intel missed the train here. Maybe they would have been better if they weren't so selfish (as every too big companies are).
ARM is in 95% of phones in 2012.
That said, i don't know the x86/ARM ratio for tablets.
Intel did miss a lot of opportunities that made it a lot harder for them to get into phones. But that doesn't mean that their SoC isn't capable, something you claimed when you said that it only looks that way when it cheats at benchmarks. Intel has
participated in benchmark cheating.
x86 does have a bigger but not huge share in tablets, it's expected to grow more, partially because they're subsidizing a lot of developers. I would say Intel is gaining more marketshare here than ARM SoCs have been in servers or traditional laptops/desktops.