Reports: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Will Pack Dual-Core Intel Atom Processor
May 31, 2013 10:29 AM
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Samsung picks Intel over its own in-house ARM designs
Intel Corp. (
) may have scored a key win in the tablet market. According to reports by
, and other sources Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) 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 (
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. (
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. (
) (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 (
) Windows 8. However, its Ativ line has failed to achieve the sales of its Galaxy tablet line.
The sources report that Samsung will opt for a
and 32 nm
processor core design, rather than wait around for its
upcoming 22 nm design
). The dual-core chip will reportedly be clocked between 800 MHz and 1600 MHz.
' 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.
that some variants of the third-generation tablet family may feature Samsung's 32 nm
Exynos 5000 series
NVIDIA's Tegra 4
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 (
) 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
vowed to make mobile devices a top priority
for his company.
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RE: I'm curious -
5/31/2013 8:11:52 PM
The X-Box 1 Kernel must have been pretty small considering it only had 64
of ram and the X-Box 360 has
of Ram. So how did it run any games if the kernel was bloated?
I think Microsoft knows a few things about optimization.
RE: I'm curious -
6/2/2013 9:36:44 PM
Dude brings up Windows 8 and you counter with an XBox 1 argument? I don't even follow you.
Consoles are, of course, more efficient than PC's because they are purpose built. Which is why the PS4 and Xbox(whatever) have such average graphics and CPU power, but will still deliver. And the Xbox 1 only had to output at 480p anyway!
But what does this have to do with Windows 8? Of course it's bloated, it's two entirely different desktop environments in one. Even the Surface, which one would assume is a slimmed down mobile experience, 16gigs of the 32gig model is taken up just by the OS!
I don't understand your need to constantly spread FUD about all things MS. But even so, do you have to tell lies? Even Microsoft software engineers think Windows 8 is "bloated".
"A lot of people think of Windows as this really large bloated operating system, and that may be a fair characterization, I have to admit. It is large, it contains a lot of stuff, but at its core, the kernel and the components that make up the very core of the operating system are pretty streamlined."
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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