Intel Announces New Platform Purpose-Built for Tablets, Windows and Android Support

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    Intel has formally launched a new platform based on the Intel Atom Z670 processor, formerly known as 'Oak Trail'. The platform comes with official Windows, Meego and Android support. Word on the street is that Intel is working with Google to have support for Android 3.0.

    Intel claims to have as many as 35 designs from companies including Evolve III, Fujitsu Limited, Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer, and Viliv using the new platform. The new devices will become available as soon as May.

    What is intriguing is the capability of running both Android and Windows systems on a device, which has admittedly only seen limited success in various implementations.

    This announcement came just a day ahead of the upcoming Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China, between April 12-13. It is reasonable to expect new technology showcases inline with this development.

    The Z670 platform consists of a single-core 45nm x86 Atom processor at 1.5GHz supporting up to two threads and 512KB of L2 cache and designed to run fanless, Intel GMA600 graphics rebranded from Imagination with support for 1080p video playback, support for up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel HD audio, SATA, USB, and HDMI 1.3.a. It is unclear as to how this platform will fare against the dual-core Cortex A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 in application performance, despite a more feature-rich graphics processing unit, at least on paper.

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    Why is it only supporting 2GB of RAM?
     
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    2GB is actually quite sufficient for both Android and basic office applications in Windows
     
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    2GB DDR2 is more than enough for android. Not so much for windows though.
     
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    Adobe is on the verge of releasing Photoshop for iOS. Not Photoshop Express, but the full Photoshop. I'm guessing they will probably do an Android release as well.

    Will 2GB be enough for editing large Photoshop images?
     
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    2gb is enough for photo editing (considering 512mb-1gb will be reserved in windows 128mb-512mb reserved for android).
    Ive seen some dual boot win/android tablets but they just seem eye getters. Intel is sure to make this a great success and maybe find a chance to integrate the 2 OS's and create harmony. Altho I hate windows; I do use it for design,graphic design,office work,some code work.
     
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    Intel Close To Offering Special Subsidies To Android Tablet Makers, Says Report

    Posted on 14. Apr, 2011 by Jaimie in Tablets

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    Intel Atom Z6xx for embedded systems

    A new rumor has begun circulating today that Intel, CPU giant for the x86 category, will be rolling out a new tablet initiative soon. The new initiative will be set up with the goal of garnering support for the new Oak Trail Intel Atom Z670 processor among Android tablet makers.

    You see the new Intel Atom Z670 is the first Atom specifically for embedded and fanless systems like tablets. The Z670 offers support for not only Google Chrome, MeeGo and Windows platforms but Google’s mobile Android platform is supported as well.

    Intel according to a report published by Digitimes today is getting ready to announce a US$10 per chip subsidy to Android tablet makers who use their new Z670 processor. The move according to Digitimes is aimed at getting the attention of the first-tier notebook makers, who are now looking at Android tablets with apt attention.

    If you think such a move would be impressive on Intel’s part then you must not have seen how much the Z670 costs per 1000. The Z670 which offers 1.5 GHz single-core processing with two threads and 512K Cache is priced at $75.00 per 1000 tray (typical size for an OEM to order).

    At that $75 price the Z670 is close to four times as much in cost at the current Android tablet industry favorite chip the Nvidia Tegra 2 which is priced at around $20 for OEM orders. And with the rumored $10 discount/subsidy per chip the Z670 is still a hair over 3 times as much as a Tegra 2.


    As you might have assumed when Digitimes reached out to Intel to comment on this rumor they declined to comment. If this rumor is true Intel will have to start announcing sometime before Summer if they really want to get serious about Android tablets. ARM chips which already have a strong hold on tablets will soon be offered in quad-core flavorings which promise not only speed but increased efficiency.

    [Digitimes]
     

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