Intel and Google will collaborate to optimize the Android OS for Intel's Atom processor platform, helping the chip maker in its push into the smartphone market.
executives are continuing to push their mobile computing efforts on multiple
fronts, including with a newly announced partnership with Google to optimize
the Android operating system for the chip maker's Atom processor platform.
his opening keynote Sept. 13 at the first day of the Intel Developer Forum,
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said the partnership with Google will be
a key part of his company's smartphone plans, with the first Intel-based
smartphones due out in the first half of 2012.
first phones ... will be all Android-based, hence the important of the Google
partnership," Otellini said during a question-and-answer period with
journalists and analysts after the talk.
was joined on stage by Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile for Google,
and the two showed off a prototype smartphone running Intel's "Medfield" chip
and the Android "Honeycomb" operating system.
Google partnership came during a talk by Otellini that continued the computing
continuum message he first brought up at the IDF in 2009. The idea is that
users are looking to have a consistent and secure computing experience that can
move from device to device without interruption, and Otellini outlined the way
Intel is pushing toward that goal.
era of ubiquitous computing is now here, and it's well-established," he said.
ultrabrook strategy, first broached during the Computex show in May, is a key
part of the strategy. Intel executives see ultrabooks as very thin and light
laptops that offer many of the features of tablets-from long battery life to
instant-on capabilities-and the advantages of traditional notebooks around such
areas as productivity and compatibility with other systems.
said such OEMs as Asus, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba are already beginning to
ship-or will ship before the holiday season-the first wave of ultrabooks
powered by current 2nd
Generation Core processors. The next round
will come in 2012 and will run on Intel's upcoming 22-nanometer "Ivy
Bridge" chips, he said.
third stage will be around Intel's "Haswell" processor, a system-on-a-chip
(SoC) design that Otellini said will cut idle platform power by 20 times, and
will offer as much as 10 days worth of battery life in "standby usage." The
design of Haswell-due out in 2013-is complete, he said.
also demonstrated a number of upcoming features that are designed to give users
a consistency across multiple computing devices. With an Intel engineer,
Otellini showed off a Cius business tablet powered by an Atom chip and running
also showed off an application called Pair and Share that enables users to
easily move around photos and data from one device to another. The engineer
took a photo of Otellini on stage using the Intel-based smartphone, then
instantly transferred that image to an Acer all-in-one computer. Another
feature, called the Teleport Extender, lets users communicate via on devices
such as the Acer computer.
applications are available to OEMs today to put into their systems, Otellini
engineer, using a Toshiba ultrabook, demonstrated another application that
enables users to more easily share everything from video to photos to messages
via a central digital dashboard accessible to others. That application will be
available next year, the engineer said.
the area of security, Otellini said the pairing of Intel and security software
vendor McAfee-which Intel bought last year for $7.6 billion-will result in
DeepSAFE, a software-and-hardware platform that works with Intel's Core chips
that operates below the operating-system level to provide greater protection
Worley, senior vice president and general manager of endpoint security at
McAfee, said that traditional software-based security offerings can't give the
same kind of security that solutions with a hardware element can. Sharing the
stage with Otellini, Worley said the DeepSAFE technology-which MacAfee will
launch later this year-leverages Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT).
his keynote, Otellini also demonstrated a solar-powered Pentium chip. He said
there were no immediate plans to productize the solar-powered technology, but
wanted to show some of the ways Intel engineers are working to help drive down
the power consumption of the products.