In a few years, whatever we expect our PC to do today will be possible on a superphone.
Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO, told a crowd of 300 at the All Things D at CES event, that the flexibility, low-cost and low-power virtues of the ARM processor will make that sleek, pocket-size, piece of silicon as powerful as a high-end consumer notebook.
Whether it’s watching a 3D movie in high-def, manipulating data on spreadsheets, maneuvering an avatar within console-quality games, or whipping up executive-ready PowerPoint slides, your smart phone will do it all.
“Whatever expectations you have of a PC will be fulfilled by a mobile device,” he told All Things D’s Ina Freed in a freewheeling 45-minute chat. Clad in trademark black, Jen-Hsun said that the explosion of ARM has been fueled by the thousands of software engineers working on it.
“ARM has democratized the CPU,” he said, arguing that the x86 monopoly has been busted for good.
CES 2011 will be remembered, he said, as a watershed for the industry, comparing it to 1995 when DOS’s death notice arrived.
“When we look back 10 years from now, this will be the year the personal computer market got redefined,” he said.
Jen-Hsun’s chat was sandwiched between Walt Mossberg’s interview of Microsoft privacy supremo Dean Hachamovitch and Kara Swisher’s face-to-face with Twitter COO Dick Costolo.