Intel has revealed that it has been making code contributions to the 64-bit version of Android 4.4 KitKat and that the kernel work is now complete. The chip giant has worked to ensure that, at the kernel level at least, OEMs using its Silvermont based Atom processors have a 64-bit version of Android available for use on their devices.
With recent developments from Intel, is the coming finally ready to take on its ARM rivals for dominance in the mobile world?
Intel’s upcoming Silvermont processors will be branded under Pentium and Celeron names and will support Android as well as Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.
The Siva Cycle Atom not only can charge USB devices while you pedal, but can even provide you battery power long after ending your ride.
Intel’s apparent absence from the American market points toward one thing: LTE. Or to be more specific, the lack of LTE support. That might soon change, though, as Intel has confirmed plans to support LTE in the near future.
Some might argue that Intel is not a major player in the smartphone and tablet processor market anyway, which is dominated by the likes of Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung and Apple. But the relevance here is that Intel might take the spotlight out of RISC-based ARM platforms. The main feature: more efficient power consumption.
Known as Bay Trail, the new range of Atom CPUs will support out-of-order execution, something that the Atom chips haven’t supported until now, but which has been available in some ARM chips for several years. The problem is that out-of-order execution uses up valuable die space with the additional transistors needed to implement it. This in turn increases the running temperature and power consumption. Some of these problems will be resolved by the use of the new 22nm manufacturing process.
Intel has seen the chaos created by the patents wars in the mobile world, so it seems that, instead of waiting to get burned like the others got, they decided to prepare ahead, by building a competitive patent arsenal. Intel is purchasing 1,700 patents related to Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE technologies, from Interdigital, a company from which Google recently bought some patents as well. Intel paid $375 million for the whole bunch, which seems like a low price, considering that recently, 1,000 mobile related patents went for $1 billion. Intel is no stranger to developing wireless technologies. They’ve been pushing…