Intel Plans to Attack Every Tablet Category in 2014

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wolfing

So I might be replacing my current 10" Toshiba Android tablet with an Intel tablet next Christmas. I wonder if I should stay Android or move to Windows (if it can run Windows applications, not that RT lite stuff)

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John Pombrio

I tell you one thing. All the Windows apps on Win8 do not seem a whole lot different than their Android counterparts. Perhaps there will be some killer Win apps like full office for tablets in the future but for now, nothing to strongly pull folks away from Android.

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John Pombrio

I sure would hate to go up against Intel in producing chips for any product. Look out ARM!

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Thiazolium

Actually not true. Intel has a solid history competing against other "chip" designers and losing - losing badly. Their history of designing graphics chips have been fraught with loss after loss against their competitors. Their competition is by default only in that their mainstream CPU chips contain inexpensive onboard graphics. They entered the SSD controller market and set the bar with their X25 controller only to be surpassed by others very quickly. Even they acquiesced and used third party controllers in their products. In both cases they exited the market due to non-competitiveness. You may think Intel can enter any market and dominate, but history has shown that that is not the case. Intel, along with RAMBUS, tried to shove expensive RDRAM down the throats of consumers and set it as the de facto standard. The end result was a failed product along with lawsuits. Again, the competing standard prevailed. Even what one may deem as a simple design ended up as a failure. Ultrabooks, for example, fizzled out before it even launched. Intel will have a huge fight against ARM. Don't underestimate "the other guy".

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AFDozerman

Thing is, Intel isn't just going up against ARM, they're going against a (somewhat) united front made up of several very powerful companies and even more moderately powerful ones. While they have a massive R&D budget, nothing compares to what all of these companies put together are capable of.

Even in cases where someone like Apple produces a whole new ARM arch and doesn't share their research, ARM themselves make their cut through licensing, further driving development.

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John Pombrio

Possible, but work by committee seems to sound like the wrong way to go up against a company that can design, do test fabrications, and manufacture the chip all in house. Unified goals vs trying to customize for several competing companies.

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AFDozerman

True, it IS less efficient spreading resources out over several entities, but Intel also usually faces one or two companies at once. Having this many contenders greatly increases the chances of someone coming out of left field with something crazy.

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AFDozerman

I guess they were right. The future wasn't AMD vs Intel, it was Intel vs ARM.

On a side note, are these Intel powered Android tablets capable of running standard Android apps, or are they having to be recompiled for X86? I could have sworn that Android apps run on some kind of emulation layer that is ISA agnostic, or did I just dream that?

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stradric

You didn't dream that. It's called the Dalvik VM.

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AFDozerman

Makes you wonder how much potential is lost between translating RISC-like opcodes to X86, then from X86 to the Dalvik virtual ISA, and possibly to the JVM, Mono, or an interpreter, and then possibly to a browser layout engine, then to javascript, but such is the nature of modern computing.