It’s been difficult to escape Intel’s presence at Computex Taipei this week; not only has the chip maker used Asia’s biggest computer event to formally launch its Haswell PC microarchitecture, it’s yet again made the case that it’s a serious player in the mobile space. And on the face of it, there may be reason to believe.
Huh? While we knew the Galaxy Tab 3 is certainly coming with a Clover Trail+ chipset, there was another device that is apparently making the transition to Intel’s mobile chip: the GS4. At least according to Intel’s mobile keynote slide, seen above. Are the pair waiting on LTE capability to arrive? Quite possibly. We’ll be checking with the company as soon as possible to get the full story.
Thunderbolt is a little more than a month from its two-year anniversary, and it’s hard to say that the connector is anything more than an expensive, niche product. Things have picked up a bit, but there’s clearly something holding back manufacturers. Intel may be the culprit: according to Ars Technica, the chipmaker’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing & Planning, Jason Ziller, said Intel “‘worked closely’ with vendors it felt could ‘offer the best products’ and could meet its stringent ‘certification requirements.’” We’ve heard rumblings before that Intel’s licensing process was part of the holdup behind getting more (and cheaper) Thunderbolt products out there, but this is the first time we’ve heard Intel suggest it is cherry-picking…
Intel has signed a $ 50 million deal with Creative Technology to acquire Ziilabs, a UK-based subsidiary responsible for Android-optimized chip designs like the ZMS-40 and the ZMS-20. Of that $ 50 million, $ 30m will be for asset sales and engineering resources while the remainder will be for patent licensing in regards to Ziilabs GPU technology, which might indicate a move away from PowerVR. We’re not sure if this means Creative will soldier on with OEM-focused devices like the HanZPad, but at least now it’ll have more money in the bank to explore alternative endeavors.
Motorola created quite some buzz with its first “Intel inside” Android phone, the RAZR i, back in September, so it’s only natural to see the company tapping into the Chinese market with a localized variant. Dubbed the RAZR i MT788, this China Mobile device bears much similarity to its Western sibling on paper: 2GHz Intel Atom Z2480, 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display (with Gorilla Glass), eight-megapixel camera, microSD expansion (up to 32GB) and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The difference? Well, the chassis is the most obvious one: instead of using the same design as the original RAZR i, the new MT788 looks identical to the MSM8625-powered dual-SIM XT788 on China Telecom. On top of that, the battery is rated at just 1,735mAh instead of the RAZR i’s 2,000mAh, and there’s just 4GB of built-in memory instead 16GB; but the front-facing camera’s bumped up from 0.3 megapixels to 1.3. There’s no price just yet, but interested buyers can pick one up in China starting in mid-December. Will the world’s largest carrier help Intel take a significant bite out of the mobile phone market? Only time will tell.
Apple is reportedly looking into ways to replace its Intel processors in Macs with new chips based on the designs it uses for its iOS-based devices. The company has previously been rumored to be contemplating such a move, but Bloomberg reports today that Apple’s engineers are now more confident in their underlying chip designs and the ability of those designs to power Mac desktops and notebooks.
Bloomberg has reported similar planned changes in the past, in a retrospective reflecting on the year since Steve Jobs’ death. And around a year ago there were rumors that it was looking at alternatives to Intel as well. The hurdles involved include making sure that software works on Macs based on the new processors; when Apple went from PowerPC to Intel, the transition left a lot of legacy software incompatible and led to transition issues around porting software.
Apple would also have to be extremely confident in their new chipmaking powers in order to drop Intel, and this isn’t likely something we’ll see happen overnight, even now that they’ve achieved greater maturity with their mobile efforts. I’d expect Apple to deliver new architecture alongside a significant OS update, maybe an evolution that finally carries us out of the OS X generation.
Apple designs based on ARM designs would enable the company to create hardware that theoretically runs cooler with less significant power demands, and would make it easier to get OS X and iOS closer together (it seems to be wanting to do just that with its recent executive rearrangement) in terms of cross-compatibility of software and code. But unlike Microsoft, Apple is taking the long-view approach to that unification of platforms. So again, it seems like we’ll probably not see this make its way to actual shipping products for a while, but it’ll be a huge shift for all involved (Apple, users, developers and especially Intel) if it does come to pass.Related Posts:
Question by George Sambrer: Why Intel won’t Support WP7? Are it beginning of the Wintel Break-up? And the beggining of the Winarm or intel secretly plan for support in the future for windows phone 7 anyway as Intel and Microsoft Fans,I Can’t Imagine intel don’t support WP7
Answer by bw022You have it backwards.
Operating systems are build to support processors. WP7 hardware requirements *require* a ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion processor. WP7 was only written to operate on that processor. It won’t run on an Intel processor. That was Microsoft’s choice.
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Microsoft’s been calling Windows 8 a no-compromise operating system since day one, but tablet buyers are going to have to make a difficult choice. They can pick up a sleek new ARM-based tablet that runs Windows RT and sacrifice their legacy x86 applications, or they can go with (comparatively) power-hungry x86 hardware for full compatibility, but sacrifice thinness and / or battery life. Intel just might have a third option, though: today, the company is formally introducing its Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip, which it claims is compatible and power-efficient at the same time.
Intel says these tablets can be just 8.5mm thick, weigh 1.5 pounds, and get up to 10 hours of battery life. Intel isn’t fudging that last statistic, either: the…
You only have to look at the tidal wave of Ultrabooks to know that Intel design specifications can carry a lot of influence with manufacturers. That’s why the chip-maker’s claims about its latest reference tablet, built around a dual-core Atom Z2760 processor (aka “Clover Trail“), likely give us a broad hint of what to expect from devices like the forthcoming Lenovo Think Pad 2, ASUS Vivo Tab and Samsung ATIV Smart PC.
In particular, Intel has shown us slides claiming that the dual-core 1.8GHz chip with Imagination SGX545 graphics will offer the “best Windows 8 experience” on a tablet with “compatibility and support for traditional apps and peripherals.” And if you think that sounds like a subtle jibe at ARM-based tablets running Windows RT — a version of the OS that doesn’t even try to play nice with existing software — then you could be right. To be fair though, the point of RT is to offer superior portability, and that’s why Intel is also keen to emphasize that Clover Trail won’t impact too heavily on your freedom of movement. Tablets should come in below 1.5 pounds (680 grams — similar to the RT spec and much lighter than a Windows 8 Pro tablet) and 8.5mm in thickness, with built-in 3G, 4G and NFC. You shouldn’t need to carry a charger either, since a new power management system promises a distinctly un-laptop-like three weeks on standby and a full day of “active use” — defined as being at least 10 hours.
Windows 8 tablets won’t be like Windows 8 Pro machines, however, so don’t go expecting USB 3.0, or a guarantee of 1080p visuals (most Clover Trail devices we’ve seen are 1,366 x 768) or souped-up security — the Atom Z2760 is very much an evolved Medfield processor, with similar silicon and firmware, rather than a shrunken laptop chip.
Needless to say, what really matters is how well manufacturers adopt this design and what price points they manage to hit. Intel says that at least 20 different Clover Trail tablets are already in the works, and early price tags seem to be around the $ 799 mark — a hefty demand for sure, but perhaps one worth paying for those who need full-fledged Windows 8 and true portability at the same time. RT tablets, meanwhile, will have to come in much cheaper than that in order to be worthwhile.
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Intel has just released a statement in response to comments about the readiness of Windows 8 allegedly made by the company’s CEO Paul Otellini. Yesterday, Otellini reportedly told staff that Windows 8 would be released before it’s ready — but Intel says the comments are based on “unsubstantiated news reports.” The company seems to have stopped short of denying that Otellini made the comment, but offered plenty of rosy comments for its partner Microsoft.
“Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel.”
Intel says it’s had “a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms,” and that the companies have been “working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery…