Intel Leaves Door Open to x86 Windows Phones, Teases at 22 nm Merrifield
June 6, 2012 11:40 AM
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Mobile is a work in progress for Intel, but at least it's finally "really there" says new mobile chief
Intel Corp. (
) has big plans for x86 smartphones. Its
capable first showing
, demonstrated that Intel could make a decent smartphone system-on-a-chip, even if besting the cream of the ARM Holdings plc (
) licensee crop was a work in progress.
I. x86 Windows Phones? Perhaps.
Intel's initial efforts have
focused on Android
. But the company says it's also leaving the door open to another licensed third-party operating system -- Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT)
Hermann Eul, president of Intel's Mobile Communications Group, spoke to the
about the possibility. He
, "We would be [interested] when we see [the Windows Phone] market has a good chance to return our money that we have invested into this. Our roadmap has devices that can support Windows also on phones. So we can do that. The hooks for doing that [are] there."
Intel hasn't ruled out x86 Windows Phones. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech]
Currently, the only smartphone operating system supported by
other than Android is Tizen -- an alternative Linux-based operating system. The Tizen project recent
merged in the code of Meego OS
after Intel's Meego partner Nokia Oyj. (
abandoned the project
for Windows Phone
Tizen is also backed by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), but Samsung has yet to launch devices using the experimental OS. Of the nebulous project Intel would only say, "The current trend of statistics is pretty clear, Android is gaining the largest share of the market so that is where the money is. We support Tizen as well, we haven't announced any product on this, but being in the Tizen alliance it's clear we are also engaged there."
II. From Competitor to Champion: How Intel Plans to Step up Its Mobile Game
Currently, Intel is selling only one single-core smartphone chip SKU -- the Z2460 (a second chip, the single-core 1 GHz Z2000 has been offered, but Intel has no buyers yet).
But later this year a new chip -- the Z2580 will launch. That new chip will bump to a dual-core design, as well as add on-die HSPA+ and LTE. Then in 2013 Intel's best chance at dethroning ARM,
the 22 nm die-shrink
will land. Intel hopes to follow up with an improved version of the Z2000 for lighter-weight budget smartphones and feature phones. And then in 2014 it has plans for both an architecture boost
a die shrink to 14 nm.
Intel's tri-gate transistors will boost next year's mobile die-shrink.
For now, despite lacking volume, Mr. Eul says he considers the project a success in that it's generating buzz and dispelling misconceptions about Intel's mobile chances. He states, "We see substantial interest in our platforms in particular after customers really see the devices in the market and see Intel is really there. With that all the badmouthing on power consumption, and cannot do it, and so on is put to rest."
efforts in 2012
have impressed, but the company has a tough road ahead if it wants to go from simply "really [being] there" to being a chip that manufacturers will pick over rival designs from Qualcomm, Inc. (
) or NVIDIA Corp. (
) for their smartphones.
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RE: Full version of windows?
6/6/2012 2:03:54 PM
so you can dock your phone into a dumb tablet/laptop casing.
you would get true convergence - you would only need one device - no shuffling files around and syncing anymore.
keep all your data, files, work with you in your pocket at all times.
my computing needs would be fine with a quick dual core netbook type cpu.
all i need is the core OS (linux/windows not bothered), ms office, chrome, torrent program, gimp, civ3/alpha centauri
RE: Full version of windows?
6/6/2012 2:40:31 PM
IMO, I really think that this is the future of mobile computing. Especially as phone processors are getting to the point where they can run full desktop OSes at proper speeds, and storage technologies (specifically the NAND chips for SSD's) are becoming cheap (relatively) and are offering the speed and space savings to give phones a good amount of fast storage.
These two things will make it so you have everything on your phone and that phone will then have connectors to be plugged into a tablet, laptop, or desktop.
Hell, with hot swap technologies, you could even leave your blazing fast desktop processors in a dummy desktop, then plug the phone in to instantly have more power. Even if you'd have to shut it off and on, the instant on electronics market is getting better too...
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