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Intel confirms it's working to port Jelly Bean to its Atom processor

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Intel confirms it's working to port Jelly Bean to its Atom processor
Chipzilla is trying to elbow its way into ARM territory, and while its latest Atom CPUs have registered some impressive performance, they have been doing so on painfully outdated versions of Android. Phones such as the Orange San Diego have been shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which probably isn’t exciting many mobile enthusiasts.

Intel is working hard to rectify that – they had been promising “a future update” to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and this week announced that they are hard at work porting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to their mobile chipsets. Intel is hoping to expand its footprint in the rapidly growing world of mobile devices, and successfully porting current versions of Android would be an important step in the right directions.

Intel may also get a boost after the release of Windows 8/RT/WP8, although at this point it’s unclear whether Intel’s chips will see much use outside of the Windows 8 x86 version of the software. If Microsoft’s OEMs mainly select ARM CPUs (and Microsoft has been fairly restrictive in hardware choices for its mobile products so far) then Intel may have to rely on the Android ecosystem to prove to customers that the words “Intel Inside” are a selling point in their phones and tablets.

source: PC World via Android Central

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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 10:06

1. SEUL8TR (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


OMG imagine ivybridge or x86 quadcore on the GS4
with side and on top air vents hole, so the cpu stays
cool, cause ule need or require a cooler to cool it down ....
will this twice beat the A15 Exynos......

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 10:10 6

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i really hope Android will adapt very fast to x86...

Imagine a Quad Core X86 Exynos Processor with a low mm architecture.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 10:46

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


intel should release dual and quad core SOCs with latest powervr gpu and shrinked die size (28nm,22nm)as soon as possible.they also should lower their SOC prices.i think so then only they can make their way easy in mobile world.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 10:56 1

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I'm Imagining Intel i7 Mini Edition.... xD

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 11:24 1

5. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Just waiting for Google to partner with Asus to release a Nexbook and replace chromebooks all together.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 11:36

6. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


Why the crap do we really need a quad-core processor in a smartphone. Can't we just be happy with what it does now?

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:09

7. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That;s like saying why the hell do we need large colour screens? Can't we be happy just being stuck with a tiny monochrome screen, ala Nokia 3210 forever and resist change that will ultimately benefit us as consumers.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 14:45

8. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


More power, more efficient, better cache performance. It's proven that four cores at 25% are more efficient than one at 100% or two at 50%...Just think about a car and how many miles you would do with gas at 50% or 100%.

Multicore technology is much more important on devices with battery than on desktop pcs.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 17:29

9. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I agree with the first half.

While I agree than Quad-core technology(I assume you mean quad-core) will certainly help OEMs extent battery life on their devices(though quad-core doesn't play to well with LTE at the moment, as we have observed, due to battery life) I wouldn't go as far to say it benefits battery-oriented devices as a whole compared to desktops. That'd be excluding the myriad of benefits a desktop gamer or 3D editor, for example, obtains from multi-core processors, such as better frames(in some cases), faster video encoding and overall, better performance for heavily multi-threaded applications, the latter of the bunch greatly benefiting from higher core numbers.

Speed-wise, phones are steadily approaching something of a plateau with Snapdragon S4, excluding the iGPU, and Exynos 4412, though being a very capable CPU, has not really made in terms of speed on the GS3 for example. I know it will help battery life, but the jump from dual-core to quad-core will not be the same as single-core to dual core, overall. Not saying it's not important, but at this point, tablet-based CPU architectures should take a front seat, and so should mobile GPUs.

Sorry for the rant, I welcome refute !

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