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Intel CEO Paul Otellini.  (Source:
Intel: Android is too fragmented, Windows 8 ARM devices won't be compatible with legacy apps

Intel Corp. is having a busy week. 

We reported yesterday that Intel is prepping to roll out more than 35 Atom-based tablets by the end of the year, including a number for Google's Android OS. But, according to CNET, Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently called Android's fragmentation "chaos."

"Apple's objective is to control everything end to end so they can control the experience and the pricing," Otellini said at an Intel's investor. "Google's model is to get as broad a base as possible because, how do they get paid? They don't get paid by selling Android. They get paid by clicks. At the end of the day, the more pervasive Android is, the more money Google ultimately makes because advertising revenue can accrue from it."

Otellini added that the software is going through "growing pains," but that it will eventually be rectified. His hopeful tone was similar to that of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's statements earlier in the week about Android's slowly being worked out.

Otellini compared Android's current state with Microsoft in the past, which ran on platforms such as DEC's Alpha, IBM's PowerPC, ARM, and MIPS "before settling predominantly on Intel's x86 architecture," CNET reported.

Speaking of Microsoft -- statements made by another top Intel exec have angered Microsoft. 

EWeek reported yesterday that Renee James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Software and Services Group, suggested during an investor meeting that Microsoft will make different versions of its upcoming “Windows 8” for Intel and ARM-based devices. The ARM-based devices, she said, won't be able to run legacy Windows apps, which were designed to run on Intel's x86.

"There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM. Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications," James said. "They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture – different generations of a single vendor – nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack."

According to Business Insider, Microsoft was not happy about her statements. The company replied:

Intel’s statements during yesterday’s Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading. From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time.

The vagueness of Microsoft's statement means that James might have been at least partially correct. More details should be announced in September, at Microsoft's developer conference.

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Intel Outside (looking in @ the ARM movement)
By chmilz on 5/19/2011 11:01:19 AM , Rating: 3
Intel is in slight panic mode, realizing that ARM is making massive gains. Both Apple and MS are putting their weight behind ARM knowing that the mobile space is the place to be. As we see a further and rapidly increasing transition from stationary computing to mobile platforms, Intel could get itself caught becoming irrelevant.

Obviously Intel has it's own mobile platforms and is developing new ones, but the proof is in the pudding: ARM is winning that race, and with the rest of the industry behind ARM architecture, x86 will lose relevance.

By bobsmith1492 on 5/19/2011 1:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that Intel is getting left in the dust or that x86 will die out. It's simply another market.

A large company like Intel likes to diversify. If they can sell another 50 million chips a year for phones and tablets, then they're going to try to get a big piece of that pie.

By Guspaz on 5/19/2011 3:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
But it's not a different market, it's a different market segment. And because they're just different segments of the same market, they're bleeding into eachother.

ARM has been pushing higher and higher performance chips, and Intel has been pushing lower and lower power chips. We're at the point where you're going to see smartbook type devices (like chromebooks) using ARM or Intel interchangeably, and ARM wants to keep pushing that up. Next step will be netbooks and servers. ARM may never capture the high end, but it might not matter, because the high end isn't where the volume is.

RE: Intel Outside (looking in @ the ARM movement)
By lol123 on 5/19/2011 2:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly the same thing was said about Alpha, Sparc, PowerPC etc. They were superior architectures and had the backing of the rest of the industry and against Intel. Go look for them now.

By JediJeb on 5/19/2011 4:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
Gone are the days when you could buy a system that was optimized for a certain task you needed to do, now you just get one that is fairly good at everything. Jack of all trades master of none.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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