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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 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.


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