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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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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 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.

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
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.

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