Right now, there are three primary processing platforms in the smartphone, tablet, PC, and server space. ARM is mostly smartphones, tablets and moving to Always Connected PCs (ACPC). X86 is tablets, PCs, and servers. OpenPower is servers. But I was at an NVIDIA launch event recently, and one vendor, Gameface, showcased Windows running on the cloud with low latency running on the NVIDIA TX2-based system which would also run Android apps.
Microsoft Virtual Desktop is a game changer when tied to 5G. With the extremely low latency of 5G coupled with the massive bump in bandwidth, the result will be performance that will potentially exceed anything you’d be willing to put in a home, office or particularly your pocket – anywhere there’s a 5G connection. I have no doubt this will result in new and unique hardware because the focus will largely shift from processor and graphics performance to network performance. But nothing is absolute and to optimize bandwidth and graphics performance some balance would eventually have to be reached. The NVIDIA Jetson may be closer to that balance than either ARM or X86 can achieve.
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