simo> So what ? The Iyonix is *not* effected by *any* of this (the IOP321 is *not* being discontinued). Intel also shelved an ARM processor called the StrongARM some years back - what's the relevance.
I'd also point out that StrongARM although out of production can *still* be purchased (from warehouse stores rather than off Intel's own production line as it were).
Intel makes such announcements so that manufacturers have a *timely oppertunity* to switch to new processors. The same would occur for the IOP-321 (if/when) it is retired, and that isn't the subject of this announcement and is not going to happen for quite some time.
So I am afraid that the A9 is not going to find itself compeditorless just yet (thanks to the lower cost/slimmer Aria it's going to have a *more* serious compeditor), and when the 80321 passes away there is the even more jucey 80332 waiting in the wings and Castle will have more than enough time to get ready for that when the time eventually comes.