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Expected to launch 35 tablets by year's end

Intel Corp. is preparing to unveil nearly a dozen new tablet computers that run on its chips at Computex, at the end of May, the Wall Street Journal reports

Intel is seeking to expand beyond PCs and into the mobile market, where ARM has dominated thanks to licensees such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments. 

Intel recently announced its new 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors that will boost performance by up to 37 percent compared to existing 32nm technology. It's all part of the company's focus on increasing performance while lowering power consumption -- a move aimed directly at ARM and its hold on the smartphone and tablet market.

Intel is launching a new set of Atom chips, codenamed Oak Trail, specifically for tablets. "While the project improves Intel's position, analysts say the company faces an uphill struggle, as it comes late to the game and is also handicapped by its lack of strong partnerships and applications designed for Android or other popular tablet operating systems, unlike its position in the PC world with Microsoft Inc.'s Windows," WSJ reports.

But Navin Shenoy, Intel's general manager for Asia-Pacific, told WSJ that more than 35 Intel-chip-based tablets are targeted to ship by the end of the year. He also mentioned that component shortages from Japan did not affect Intel's supply chain. 



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What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 9:45:51 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just as simple as stamping out a new board and glueing a new chip to it. Atom uses x86 instruction set where as ARM has it's own. It will be a pretty big undertaking to port an OS to x86 from ARM.

This is going to be an uphill battle for Intel...not a "strong-arming" like the headline suggests.




RE: What about instruction set differences?
By Flunk on 5/18/2011 10:05:23 AM , Rating: 2
Android has already been ported to x86.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By Taft12 on 5/18/2011 10:29:10 AM , Rating: 2
Linux was DEVELOPED on x86, what porting???


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 2:21:17 PM , Rating: 3
Android isn't Linux...it has a Java VM that does need porting too.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 2:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
Its not a Linux/GNU distribution, but its clearly Linux based as its built atop the Linux kernel.

Linux is a kernel, it is not an complete OS.

Android exposed Java API's in Android are platform independent, it does not matter what architecture you are running them on. These API's then in term make calls to the internal native libraries. This would imply that pretty much any Android app could work on an x86 version of Android without issue or porting.

Sure davlik would need porting, but my guess is the only reason it has not been done yet is because it was specifically designed for devices with low memory footprints which would result in little advantage on most x86 systems anyways.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 3:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, enough of your half-witted BS! Linux as in the OS sense is not a freaking kernel...why don't you try booting up your machine and running with just a kernel! In the strictest sense okay, Linux is a kernel, but it's totally useless in and of itself and because of that nobody talks of Linux and means just the bare kernel. You need a pretty good stack of associated software to run "Linux".


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 4:40:59 PM , Rating: 3
You clearly don't understand the basic nomenclature to be having this discussion.

Linux Kernel + GNU = 'Linux as in the OS sense'

Many embedded Linux systems do not run X-windows, are they not linux based either?


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 6:02:31 PM , Rating: 1
Wow dude, at least be consistent! In your previous reply you were arguing that Linux is a kernel, now you're accusing me of not understanding basic nomenclature. You're confused, just stick with Windows.

And why are you bringing up X?


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 6:18:59 PM , Rating: 3
For the last time, Linux IS a kernel..

Take a history lesson, the GNU project predates the linux kernel. The Linux Kernel was the last step in what you know as 'Linux' today. The term has been bastardized over he years to imply that Linux equals a complete OS when that is not the case.

http://developer.android.com/guide/basics/what-is-...

Notice how Android sits atop the Linux kernel?

And if you can't figure out why I'm bringing up X-windows and other GNU components, then this conversation ends here..


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By Samus on 5/18/2011 11:44:59 PM , Rating: 3
I think people are so fixated on current tablet trends (iOS/Android) that they're missing the big picture.

Intel tablets are going to obviously run Windows. They could care less about Android and its apps. Current tablets are crap, just oversized phones. People who want apps can use their phones. People who want a real tablet will want something that can run real programs. Outlook with exchange support, Quickbooks, be a domain member, real remote desktop/remote web workplace support, maybe even print.

They'll go for an entirely different market and dominate it, because until Windows 8, ARM wont be able to compete in it.

This is also a clear response to Intel's disapproval of Microsoft porting Windows to RISC architecture.


By ekv on 5/19/2011 6:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is also a clear response to Intel's disapproval of Microsoft porting Windows to RISC architecture.
Maybe. Often however, MSFT will quiz Intel on what technology is in the dev pipeline, in order to gauge their research efforts. [Microsoft also does some work on the OEM hardware side of things.]

Recall Jobs picking Intel over AMD several years ago. Right when AMD was clearly out-performing Intel P4's and what-have-you. Did Jobs have inside info on what Core would do to AMD offerings?

In other words, is it possible MSFT had an idea of what Intel would be announcing at Intel's annual meeting except still made the call to partner with and/or venture into ARM territory?

[Ok, kinda crazy ... unless TSMC (or GF or Charter, etc.) plans to step up their 22nm efforts.]


By rupaniii on 5/19/2011 8:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Uhm... the development environment seems to run great on pc. Keep arguing.


By micksh on 5/18/2011 10:38:11 AM , Rating: 2
There is huge lag between Android on ARM and on x86. The most recent Android x86 version is 2.2. Before April this year the latest was 1.6.

And in recent news there will be no legacy app compatibility in ARM version of Windows 8. Only Windows 8 x86 will run old applications. So, Intel has a strong position.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By bug77 on 5/18/2011 10:24:14 AM , Rating: 2
It's mostly Linux. It runs on pretty much anything.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 2:16:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, okay...pretty sure the Dalvik VM, which is the HUGE part of the Android stack, can't just be dropped into any random Linux os environment and be expected to run.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 3:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
You have the right idea about Dalvik and x86 in general, but please stop talking about nix..

Linux supports many architectures, from PPC to x86 to ARM and many of the major distributions support ARM.

I.E If that random Linux OS environment happened to be ARM based, then your statement may not hold true. Dalvik support in a nix environment has little to do with nix itself, but the requirement of ARM based architecture.(as it currently stands)

and FYI: Dalvik (and Android in general) has already been ported to x86, just not by Google. It currently supports 2.2, and they are currently working on a GB release.


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 3:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
No, you stop talking about Linux...look at my reply above to your ravings. And I don't need your confirmation of my "right idea" about Dalvik as I'm pretty sure my understanding of a Java Virtual Machine is good bit better than your's judging from some of your comments.


By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 4:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't understand the basic nomenclature to be having this discussion.

Linux Kernel + GNU = 'Linux as in the OS sense'

Many embedded Linux systems do not run X-windows, are they not linux based either?


RE: What about instruction set differences?
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 4:43:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm pretty sure my understanding of a Java Virtual Machine is good bit better than your's
I agree, I know little to nothing.

I'm a Java developer, but that's beside the point..


By MeesterNid on 5/18/2011 6:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ooooh, I'm impressed! Give me a minute to shake off the awe...I also happen to have written some Java here and there, but that alone doesn't mean that I have a good understanding of the VM since it's pretty well abstracted from the day-to-day coder. That's a separate activity in itself, the exploration.


By stimudent on 5/19/2011 11:00:42 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like Intel is going to go to its trusty Book of Ethics Violations to strong-arm its way into the market.


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