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Samsung picks Intel over its own in-house ARM designs

Intel Corp. (INTC) may have scored a key win in the tablet market.  According to reports by Venture BeatReuters, and other sources Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) has selected an Atom system-on-a-chip to power its next generation flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3.  Given that Samsung is currently in second place in tablet sales (with a little over a sixth of the total market), this could be huge to Intel establishing a beachhead in a market space that's currently dominated by the partners of Intel's mobile arch-rival ARM Holdings Plc (LON:ARM).

Samsung's tablet line has historically had a mix of various ARM processors.  Its first Galaxy Tab packed an in-house Exynos 3000 series chip.  Its follow-up larger Android tablet designs packed Tegra 2 chips from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA).  The Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 packed an Exynos 4000 series chip.  And the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0/10.1 packed OMAP4000 series from Texas Instruments, Inc. (TXN) (TI recently exited the smartphone/tablet market).

Samsung first experiment with Intel Atom chips in its Ativ tablet line, which packed Intel's dual-core Atom Z2760 processors and Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows 8.  However, its Ativ line has failed to achieve the sales of its Galaxy tablet line.
Intel Atom Z2760
The sources report that Samsung will opt for a Clover Trail+ chipset and 32 nm Cloverview processor core design, rather than wait around for its upcoming 22 nm design (core: Silvermont; SoC: ValleyView; chipset: Bay Trail).  The dual-core chip will reportedly be clocked between 800 MHz and 1600 MHz.

Reuters' source indicates the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 model will get the Intel chip -- it is unclear whether the 7-inch model will also get Atom treatment.  IBTimes reports that some variants of the third-generation tablet family may feature Samsung's 32 nm Exynos 5000 series chips or NVIDIA's Tegra 4.

Galaxy Tab 2
The Galaxy Tab 2's successor will reportedly pack an Intel processor.

One disappointment is that the tablet will reportedly feature a pretty low resolution display -- 1280x800 pixel panels -- slightly more than Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad Mini, which packs a 1024x768 pixel display, but less than the fourth generation iPad, which has a 2,048x1,536 pixel.

Thus far Intel has seen sluggish sales of Windows 8 tablets and has only scored a few smartphone design wins.  Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich, who replaces retiring long-time chief Paul Otellini, has vowed to make mobile devices a top priority for his company.

Sources: Reuters, Venture Beat, IBTimes



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RE: Low res?
By BRB29 on 5/31/2013 7:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
This 10.1" samsung tablet has about the same res as the ipad mini 7.9"

It is not comparable to the ipad3/4 with much higher res.

Granted, it probably isn't as expensive either.


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