Intel’s 2014 Android ambitions
Intel has giant Android ambitions for 2014. The chipmaker’s factors of the center of attention for the year in advance include 64-bit processing power and extra tablets. While still overwhelmingly a purveyor of processors for windows PCs, Intel is aware of Android is its ticket to an even bigger share of the cell market. One approach to make a mark is to move to 64-bit, a feature its processors already improve on windows.
We’re going to scale Android to 64-bit. We’ll allow it to scale from Atom [processors] all of the technique to the high-finish of the Core processor household,” stated Kirk Skaugen, general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, speaking at the chipmaker’s investor meeting in November. It’s now unclear how quickly Intel plans to make this happen in the true world, but there is surely a race to get there.
After Apple bowled over the cell world in September with its 64-bit A7 processor, major suppliers of Android silicon were fast to chime in. Samsung has talked about a two-step course for 64-bit, and Qualcomm has stated that a Snapdragon processor with 64-bit gives a boost to will hit the market later in 2014.
Intel’s other route to a larger Android market share is getting its silicon into low-price devices. The company is on the record announcing that $a hundred devices are a target. And just on Monday, Digitizes posted an inventory of Intel Android tablet specs that includes “Bay Trail” Atom processor-based totally fashions ranging from $ ninety-nine to $129 (7-inch ), from $149 to $199 (7- and 8-inch), and the entire approach up to 10-inch models priced at $249 and above.
Some other part of the plan is to get Android working on units that appear to be PCs — and presumably, computers powering big monitors — that company us can gravitate to. The strategy could be straightforward: we will support what the market needs, Skaugen said again in November. Intel declined to touch upon Android tablet specifications.