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Android x86-enabled phones to roll by 2012

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone? tablet? mobile market?

According to Intel Corp.'s CEO, a number of handset manufacturers will ship x86-enabled Android phones next year. Paul Otellini stated that its collaboration with Google will boost its standing on the mobile market.

Recently, Intel worked with Nokia to design a handset using Atom and MeeGo mobile Linux software. Under new CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia shifted its plans to using Windows Phone 7 and ARM. "In 4Q11 [the Atom/MeeGo handsets] were supposed to ship from Nokia, so we've lost six months, but we found new customers and we are off and running," stated Otellini.

"The smartphone business is not established, and the ultimate shakeout is yet to come for who wins and looses so good products can still make a difference and we hope to be one of them," he added. "MeeGo is still alive and well in embedded and the automotive industry where it's a major asset for us."

Otellini also showed working versions of a smartphone reference design based on the Medfield version of Atom and a Medfield tablet running the Honeycomb version of Android.

ARM-based Ultrabooks
"From my perspective nothing has changedyou always have to have the best chips to win," said Otellini. "Microsoft could energize the tablet market [with Win 8], and the value of the six million apps [on x86] is pretty substantial. I don't think end users will walk away from that."

Separately, Intel has completed the design of Haswell, a next generation notebook chip expected to power 2013-class Ultrabooks, PC notebooks that are thin and light like the Apple Mac Air. Intel will hold public session here on a new system-level power management framework for components used in Haswell-based Ultrabooks.

Otellini stated that Haswell systems will have a 20x reduction in power consumption due to the new framework. The systems should last ten days in standby mode on a single charge, he added.

Intel is also working on a handful of apps to let smartphones, TVs and PCs share data. The first of the apps, called Pair and Share, will be available in OEM systems this year.

Otellini also announced Intel's McAffe division will ship later this year a new product called Deep Safe that can use a combination of McAfee software and Intel processor hardware to detect and eliminate previously unidentified malware rootkits.

- Rick Merritt
??EE Times





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