As Intel pushes to expand its technology into the rapidly growing mobile device space, officials with ARM Holdings, whose chip designs dominate the smartphone market, say they plan to take on Intel in the server arena.
In an interview with Bloomberg News Dec. 13, ARM CEO Warren East said that his company's chip designs will help drive up the energy efficiency of data center systems and that server makers "are actively considering ARM architectures."
However, that will take time, East said, predicting that ARM won't start to eat into Intel's dominant server market share until 2014 or so. Intel currently owns more than 90 percent of the overall server market.
"We don't want to raise expectations that next year there are going to be a lot of ARM servers," he said. "Of course, there aren't."