2Intel Embraces Google’s Android OS
Intel was late to recognize the tectonic shift that smartphones and tablets would cause among PCs. However, the giant chip maker has spent the past few years catching up, and in 2010 it started talking about optimizing Android to run on its Atom platform and later struck alliances with the likes of Motorola to make Intel-powered smartphones that run Android.
3Intel Looks to Marry Core With Android
4Samsung Brings Intel to a Galaxy Tablet
5AMD Also Looks to Chrome and Android
AMD, under CEO Rory Read, is dramatically reshaping itself into a company that wants to provide customers with whatever technology they want and whatever platforms they want. Given that, AMD—which has traditionally built x86 chips that run Windows—reportedly will design processors that can run Google’s Android and Chromes OSes, a move the chip maker hopes will give it more traction in the mobile device space.
6HP Brings Android Into Its Tablets
HP officials are offering a growing number of tablets and convertibles that run Android and complement the OEM’s Windows-based offerings. Most recently, HP introduced the Slate 21 all-in-one, which can be used as a desktop PC or a tablet. It runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by Nvidia’s ARM-based Tegra 4 chip.
7Other OEMs, From Acer to Lenovo to Asus, Also Put Android Into Their Devices
8Microsoft Makes the Move to ARM
Microsoft introduced a version of its Windows 8 OS—dubbed Windows RT—that works on the ARM architecture and then came out with a tablet that runs the operating system. While Microsoft’s Surface RT may not have been a huge seller, it was an indication that the software maker will do what it takes to push its way into the mobile device market.
9Mozilla Aims a Linux OS at Mobile Devices
Mozilla is partnering with the likes of Foxconn to develop smartphones and tablets that will run the Linux-based Firefox OS.
10ARM Turns Its Attention to Servers
ARM officials for the past couple of years have been talking about the growing demand for low-power, dense servers and the opportunities it holds for the chip designer. The real push will come next year, when systems running chips based on the ARMv8 design—which will include 64-bit capabilities and greater virtualization support—will hit the market. Still, thanks to some partners and Linux, ARM chips already are being used in servers. “I don’t think the gap [between ARM and Intel in server processor technology] is as much as you might think,” Lakshmi Mandyam, director of ARM’s Server and Ecosystems unit, told eWEEK.
11Calxeda, Marvell and Applied Micro Take the Lead
12Samsung Appears to Be Gearing Up for Servers
13AMD Will Make ARM-Based Server Chips
AMD officials have said that not only do they expect ARM to make deep inroads into the server chip market, but that AMD will dominate that part of the industry. AMD will design ARM-based server chips and begin selling them next year, starting with “Seattle.”
14Intel Takes Aim at the Microserver Market
15HP Looks to ARM and Intel for Project Moonshot
In November 2011, HP officials announced a partnership with Calxeda to create ultra-low-power servers that would include systems powered by ARM chips. However, while Moonshot servers running ARM and AMD chips are on the horizon, the first of the systems will be powered by Intel’s Centerton SoCs.
16Dell Also Is Embracing ARM
17Things Might Be Changing, but Wintel Won’t Disappear
Intel has an aggressive roadmap for its entire line of x86 chips—from Atom through Core and onto Xeon—for everything from smartphones, tablets and other form factors to microservers and larger systems, and is getting some positive feedback from analysts like Jefferies’ Mark Lipacis. Meanwhile, Microsoft is readying its Windows 8.1 (“Blue”) update.