Intel bet on 64-bit processors and tablets to consolidate on Android
2 January, 2014 at 11:00
Intel go on Android its door to succeed in the mobile device market, where ARM partners have dominated the scene since its origins. To do this, they will get on the train of the latest trends, the 64-bit processors and tablet format. We are going to explain how they plan to storm this platform.
Intel is very strong on PC and Mac, with AMD quite behind. However, the mobile market is too important not to enter. In the first place, because it grows at high speed and can generate many benefits and, secondly, because tablets are replacing laptops as a personal computer for many users.
At a conference with investors in November, Kirk Skaugen, an Intel executive, said they were going to adapt Android to 64 bits. This would be done for your line of Atom processors, which already has some presence in phones and tablets of this platform. Although Skaugen also opened the possibility of adapting to Latest generation core.
Then we learned that the company was working on a Android 4.4 KitKat image for new models but that would be compatible with the many Atom Bay Trail that is already out there. However, I do not know how exactly it would be done with the most powerful Core processors, but clearly you should think about hybrid tablets with productive orientation, otherwise the investment would not make sense.
Digitimes revealed on Saturday the typologies of tablets with Intel processor that we will see at CES 2014. With regard to Android, prices started even at $ 99 for 7-inch models that would reach a maximum of $ 250 with models of 8 inches too. Above we would already have equipment of $ 249 and up to $ 499. The chips used would be the Bay Trail-T and the Cherry Trail, the next generation of Atom.
Hybrid or 2-in-1 models will start at $ 599. Bay Trail-M and Haswell-Y chips will be used for them at the beginning of the year. Already in the second half of 2014 the Broadwell-Y, the next generation of the Core would arrive.