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Google has released the Honeycomb source code to Intel, phones with 32nm chipsets also in the works

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Google has released the Honeycomb source code to Intel, phones with 32nm chipsets also in the works
We wrote the other day that Intel's marketing director mentioned about Android 3.0 Honeycomb coming to x86 chipsets, and CEO Paul Otellini officially confirmed that Intel has obtained the source code from Google at the company's earnings presentation.

Intel is now going to be a busy bee over Honeycomb, pairing it with its new Oak Trail chipset, made with the 45nm production technology, for 6-8 slates coming out this year. Mr Otellini confirmed that a number of top-tier notebook vendors are working on producing Oak Trail tablets with Honeycomb. The other day an Asus Eee Pad Slider briefly appeared on Intel's website in that respect, but was subsequently pulled down. For all we know, this one was supposed to ship with Tegra 2.

Intel's CEO also said the Medfield smartphone chip is also in full swing, and he'd be "very surprised" if we don't see an Intel-powered smartphone within a year or so. Medfield will be produced with the 32nm process, meaning smaller footprint and power consumption, whereas none of the ARM chips is yet fabricated this way, so this could work to Intel's advantage, if they speed up the whole procedure.

Interestingly enough, the other day reported about the Oak Trail-based tablet Maestro C, which triple-boots Windows 7, Android and MeeGo, and the manufacturer claims 16+ hours of battery life in Android mode. At the CES 2011 show Evolve III, the company behind those tablets, said they are routinely getting 16-20 hours of battery from the 10" tablet with an Intel chip inside, which is more than double what the current ARM-based Tegra 2 tablets achieve, running Honeycomb. The future certainly looks promising.

via TheRegister

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posted on 21 Apr 2011, 04:21 1

1. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Is this an implication taht the most anticipated google nexus tab will be powered by an intel chip?

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 08:11 1

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You could be so right. The Nexus Tab when it comes out will eat the iPad 2 or whatever they come out with next. Imagine a Nexus Tab that looks great, & gets 20 hours of battery life. That would destroy the iPad 2. Intel makes the best chips in the world & it's only natural that they get in the mobile game. Their chips are fast & work on less energy. Imagine a dual-core Tablet/Phone running at 2GHz, & getting 16 to 20 hours of battery life. Why stop there what about a quad-core! I am so jumping on the Intel band wagon. Finally the big boy heavy weight Intel is in the game! Intel a man amongst boys!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 09:38

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


i dont think so... goggles plans for a nexus are more likely to be plans for a dev tab ussed for testing apps and games

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 09:51 1

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Google has a Nexus phone, so naturally Google would want a Nexus branded tablet. It only makes sense. Google doesn’t need a dev tab to test their app or games. They can get any other dev tab to do this. My best bet is a Nexus tablet. I am sure Google wants so smash Apple with it. The competition is screaming for this!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:45

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well lets hope so.... Im still going to jump to a eee pad or a xoom around may :D

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:14 1

5. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


If google opts for an intel as a reference point architecture for honeycomb os source code, those manufacturers who already signed for nvidia's chip supplies might probably be in for a rude awakening..
Btw, i would love to see teh nexus tab go head to head vs apple's ipad..

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:18 1

6. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


I wonder if AMD also has plans in joining teh smartphone or tablet arena? That wuold be interesting..

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 10:42 1

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4417; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes even AMD would kill any Nvidia chip. Why not if AMD stands to make money sure. Intel & AMD would shake up the mobile industry with all the years of experience they have making PC chips. I knew this day would come. Money always talks & if Intel and AMD stand to make it, well it's a no brainer!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:10

9. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


i think so too. Intel and AMD are both sleeping giants and intel is starting to wakeup, anytime soon AMD might follow suit and these two giant might start another chip rivalry on smartphones but my bet is most likely on tablets..
If this happens, nvidia,texas instruments omap chip,msm and arm might lose ground against tehse two.. But then again, we can't really tell.. Intel had been struggling to establish itself in smartphone platforms and google might just had given intel teh light. If teh next google tab will indeed sport an intel chip then...that'd be something to look forward to..
I might be misleading thou..

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 17:10

10. IOS5 (unregistered)


For your info intel the first company that support Steve jobs!

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