IDF 2011: Intel embraces Android and focuses on mobility

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IDF 2011: Intel embraces Android and focuses on mobility

Intel unveils plans to “double Moore’s Law” on its Atom processor family as the company announces Google collaboration for tablets and smartphone development

The future of computing is “mobile, secure and seamless” according to Paul Otellini, Intel’s President and CEO. In his keynote speech to kick off the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco, Otellini highlighted the company’s efforts to improve it’s mobile offering, looking at the low power Ultrabook processors, as well as Intel powered smartphones and tablets.

After demonstrating a concept chip that can be powered by a solar cell the size of a postage stamp, Otellini was joined on stage by Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. The two companies announced their plans to collaborate on Android releases being optimised for Intel’s Atom processor, showing off two form factor reference designs for Atom powered development and enabling for Intel.
 
Andy Rubin and Paul Otellini outline the future of Android on x86 devices 

Smith revealed that Intel plans to align the Atom roadmap to match that of the Xeon and Core chips. The Atom 'Silvermont' 22nm chip is scheduled for a 2013 date, matching that of the 'Haswell' architecture for the next generation Core CPUs. Intel is aiming to sync up development of Atom and Core with the move to 14nm around 2014.

To achieve this, Intel will essentially be “doubling the pace of Moore’s law” for the Atom System-on-a-Chip family according to Smith, with the transition from the 32nm 'Saltwell' to the 14nm 'Airmont' occurring within a 3 year period.
 
Intel will be implementing a unified design approach in order to meet these milestones, with the Core and Atom product development teams being brought together rather than continuing to operate as separate and staggered teams.
 
Smith also further expanded on the tablet form factor reference design shown off by Otellini, saying that the device ran on 22nm Medfield chipset, making it – according the Smith – “the world’s first x86 based Android tablet”, although he was quick to point out that consumer products were some time off.

 

Nic Healey is attending Intel Developers Forum as a guest of Intel.

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