Intel has announced a strategic agreement with Rockchip to accelerate the rollout of its integrated processors for entry level Android tablets.
During a developers conference in China, Intel released the source code for Android KitKat 4.4 with a 64-bit kernel optimized for its CPUs. It also mentioned its next-generation 14nm SoC, code-named Braswell.
Intel will be introducing two processors from its Merrifield and Bay Trail brands for tablets and smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
ARM and Intel are worlds apart when it comes to success in the mobile processor market, but could the move to 64-bit mobile challenge offer Intel a second chance?
Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, has told an investor earnings call that 64-bit Bay Trail powered Android tablets will be ready for Q2 2014.
Intel’s new Quark SoC family is designed for applications where ultra-low power consumption is essential, such as smartwatches and other wearable computers.
The first benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming BayTrail SoC have appeared online, and the result shows that it absolutely crushes even the fastest Snapdragon and Exynos chips.
Intel has been trying to persuade smartphone manufacturers to use its mobile processors for a while, but it has recently been holding talks with Samsung and taking swipes at Qualcomm.
At Computex 2013 Intel announced plans to pair its Bay Trail-T SoCs with its new XMM 7160 LTE chip starting later this year.
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.