android architecture 64-bit kernel by intel

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.

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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.

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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. In...