But I think this misses the larger point - the majority of consumer are fine with 5 year old cpu technology on the x86 end, while arm still seems to be doubling potential every two years. Hell, a core 2 duo imac with an ssd works just fine after all these years, and arm already surpasses that. Look at cyclone and the snapdragon 820- monster chips but imagine 2 more moore's law cycles? I think innovation isn't happening because the demand isn't there, and it's really as simple as pure economics. Though there will always be an enthusiast market, it's just doesn't have the demand to require the supply to bring down prices and increase innovation thru competition. I'm thinking strap a huge battery to an overclocked cyclone and put that in a touchscreen tablet/laptop hybrid- that'll suit most people just fine, I think. Of course video editors and bankers plus content creators will need desktops, but it's a small slice and not consumer facing.Mmm... I am nearly sure that this is FinFet's doing.
Intel can't deliver ungodly chips like SB or IV or even Haswell. Their Broadwell E can't OC more than 4.5 Ghz and Skylake can't go past 4.9 Ghz while SB can go 5.2 Ghz on air and IB and even HW can reach 5.0 Ghz...
nVIDIA can't scale down (so no sub GP 104) for a time and their graphic chips despite are decen't OCers can't past 2.5 Ghz
AMD chips are being delayed and Polaris 10 only manages 390X levels at best and seems that can't OC more.
As for VIA, they might come at 2017, so is time to wait there.
And as for ARM... they are still good, but definately needs more improvements.
In few words FinFet ended to be a sidegrade instead a massive upgrade. A lackluster improvement that needs more fixing than other things.
So definately according to this thread:
The true upgrade will be EUV.
I don't think just AMD is doomed (unless they adapt), but Intel will lose interest in the consumer market too and court the industrial and server market.