Printed from http://www.electronista.com

AMD said hiring to add Android support, no threat to iPad

updated 10:40 pm EDT, Thu April 7, 2011

AMD recruiting for Android work

A slip detailing Computex show launch plans may have given away AMD's plans to get into Android in earnest. Industry contacts claimed AMD has been recruiting engineers to write Android drivers. The move is likely the first step before offering chipsets for notebooks and more likely tablets that work with Google's platform, Digitimes also heard.

Intel has already been involved in supporting Android, but AMD until now has been mostly reticent about the platform without much to offer in suitable processors. Its Fusion-based processors, which often chew just a few watts of power while keeping decent graphics, may be the first suitable to tablets.

Other companies are expected to show in force at Computex but to dwell both on AMD- and Intel-based tablets. MSI will likely show the existing, Fusion-based WindPad 110W running Windows 7, but Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Samsung should all use the just-shipping Oak Trail platform. It's unknown how many would be genuinely new creations versus retreads of existing designs.

Regardless of platform, the tipsters didn't expect any tablets using AMD or Intel processors, or any using Windows, to be a viable challenger to the iPad 2. Apple's strong out-of-the-gate sales meant that even a runaway hit from one of these wouldn't be a challenge for "at least" six months, they said. The commentary was likely part speculation but echoed Microsoft's private strategy for putting off any direct competition with Apple until Windows 8 arrives in late 2012.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

    Comment buried. Show
  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    -12

    No threat to iPad?


    Yeah likefuck. It will be a threat when Android takes over.
    Maybe not right now. Patience grasshopper.


    Keep spinning it macnn.



    - Sent from my Android Device.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News