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[Eng] Intel porting Honeycomb to its tablets, Medfield smartphones on the way

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Corporate earnings calls can be tedious affairs. But sometimes, if you listen closely enough, you'll be treated to a nugget of product strategy in between those bursts of mind-numbing financial data. Intel's call was just such an affair, with chief Paul S. Otellini providing a quick update on Intel's tablet and smartphone plans. Regarding the emerging tablet market, Otellini said that Intel will have "quite a bit of tablet demonstrations" at Computex running MeeGo, Windows, and Android operating systems. "We're heads down on a number of designs on tablets on all three of those operating systems," he added. Regarding Android, Intel's fifth CEO said, "We've received Android code – the Honeycomb version of Android source code – from Google, and we're actively doing the port on that, and expect to be able to ramp those machines over the course of this year for a number of customers." Yes, we're looking at you right now Acer -- wink, wink.

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Android on x86?!?! I wonder if it is a big recompile... Wonder how much it takes to get native ARM code to x86....
    
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Not sure if want... Putting an x86 chip in a tablet sounds like a risky endeavor. Can they truly compete with ARM in ARM's domain?
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It's about time. Want to see what those Medfields can do.
 
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Not sure if want... Putting an x86 chip in a tablet sounds like a risky endeavor. Can they truly compete with ARM in ARM's domain?
They've been putting x86 chips in tablets for quite some time now, but they've all run Windows 7.
 
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If this works, can you imagine the power in the palm of your hands...
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android has BEEN on x86 iirc i ran one in a vbox like a year ago or so
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I'm skeptical about this as x86 seems to be synonymous with power users(i.e professionals) something that's not exactly associated with tablets.

Windows 7 hasn't really caught on in the tablet space because it's essentially an OS for desktops and anyone looking to be productive will just use their desktop.

Tablets need a tablet OS.
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android has BEEN on x86 iirc i ran one in a vbox like a year ago or so
But an emulated system always pays an performance penalty. If this is how Intel is doing it, is the performance penalty small enough that they can still compete on a performance/watt basis?

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I'm skeptical about this as x86 seems to be synonymous with power users(i.e professionals) something that's not exactly associated with tablets.

Windows 7 hasn't really caught on in the tablet space because it's essentially an OS for desktops and anyone looking to be productive will just use their desktop.

Tablets need a tablet OS.
MS is going to give that a try with Windows 8.
    
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Good, the more competition and variety of devices the better. Assuming at least that the apps can run on ARM or x86 without issue (given that android runs apps in VM's it should..hopefully).
    
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But an emulated system always pays an performance penalty. If this is how Intel is doing it, is the performance penalty small enough that they can still compete on a performance/watt basis?



MS is going to give that a try with Windows 8.
Will see what they have to offer. Because man, Windows Tablet XP sucked since there was still a stylus and operating the OS like on a desktop, but they tried!
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