One side, Apple and Intel long-term partners, because the latter supplies processors for all computers based on Mac OS X. On the other hand, the chip maker turned out to be aloof from the business of portable iGadgets. In particular, Intel is worried that it has no presence at all in the tablet market. ARM and all sorts of SoC-systems built on the basis of processors with such an architecture rule the ball there. Even Apple uses a similar one in the chip A4 (ARM Cortex A8) that powers the iPad, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and Apple TV. Rumor has it that during the development of the iPad there were plans to use an Intel processor as part of the tablet, but the power consumption of Atom chips at that time was ten times higher than the basic requirements set by Apple engineers, while they could not boast of high performance. Now the situation is gradually changing and Intel has big plans for the tablet market.
During a discussion of Intel’s financial results for the third quarter of this year, held in the format of a conference call, the president of the company Paul Otellini (Paul Otellini) shared some information regarding further plans for the development of the tablet market. He rejoiced for Apple, the success of the iPad and expressed his deep respect for the company, which was able to revive the public’s interest in tablet-format computer devices, to say the least – created a real stir. Otellini also noted that his company has so far practically not shown itself in this sector of the market, but work in this direction is underway. In particular, Intel itself has begun working on energy-efficient SoC systems for portable devices, and one of these has already been officially announced – Atom E600. It is quite competitive with modern solutions of this kind, consumes an order of magnitude less Atom chips in netbooks, supports HD video acceleration and offers a number of other features, including a relatively powerful graphics accelerator.
In addition, Intel plans to integrate 3G and 4G modules into its SoC system in the future. This is probably why it was purchased. Infineon, which has been supplying radio modules for Apple phones and tablets for a long time. By the way, the future portable iTechnique will use a solution from Qualcomm. Otellini said that Intel will make every effort and asset to conquer the tablet market. The first results are expected in the coming months, when the company’s partners will release gadgets based on the new Intel SoC systems. By the way, as OS they will use not only MS Windows, but also Google Android and Meego.
For consumers, competition in the market is only at hand. The more alternatives, the lower the price of the final product and the better its functionality. [Seeking Alpha]
On the one hand, Apple and Intel have been longtime partners, since the latter supplies processors for all computers based on Mac OS X. On the other hand, the chip maker turned out to be aloof from the business of portable iGadgets. In particular, Intel is worried that it has no presence at all in the tablet market. ARM and all sorts of SoC systems built on …
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