Intel changes tack to put Android on Clover Trail
We were writing about Intel “Medfield” chips (Z2460) last week – see Intel ports Android Jelly Bean to Medfield Atoms, Mike Bell – and we’re returning to PC Advisor‘s excellent coverage of the Santa Clara giant. It’s upcoming Atom chip codenamed “Clover Trail” has previously been reported as optimised and dedicated to Microsoft’s soon-to-arrive Windows 8 operating system, but it will now also support Android, reports the title.
“Clover Trail” is a low-power chip specifically aimed at ultrabooks and tablets. The dual-core 32nm SoC – which will be “coming soon”, according to Intel – is a 4th generation Intel Core processor paired with a more powerful GPU than single-core Medfield chips, with a particular emphasis on sustaining battery life (have you heard that before?)…
Changing tack on a sole commitment to Windows, Intel is now planning to support the Google platform, an Intel spokeswoman said in an email. Agam Shah writes:
“Intel for months has stressed that the Clover Trail chip was optimized for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8, which is due for release late October. Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo have already announced Windows 8 tablets based on Clover Trail, and Intel has said 20 tablet designs are in the works.”
“But with Intel now porting Android to Clover Trail chips, tablet makers will be able to offer Clover Trail tablets running on the Android OS, or even offer dual-boot systems with Windows 8 and Android.”
Read the full article – Intel reverses course, bringing Android to Clover Trail chips for tablets
Intel is obviously battling for traction in the burgeoning (ARM dominated) tablet market. The pressure is intensified by Microsoft decision to release Windows RT to run on ARM processors, further weakening the old traditional Wintel alliance…