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September 15, 2011

End of The Wintel Era :Android Power Intel Phones in 2012

Android phones featuring Intel chips should be available in the first half of 2012, Intel executives said on Tuesday at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.
While Microsoft showed off Windows running on ARM-based systems, Intel and Google on Tuesday launched a development partnership to get the Android mobile operating system to run on Intel's lower-powered Atom chips.

The Wintel Era refers to MicroSoft Power Windows and Intel Powered Chips  for Desktops and PC which dominated the market  for  almost two decades. The power of Microsoft Software and Intel's hardware came together and this combination made them " unbeatable.  The Wintel Ear nows shows signs of breaking down as Android and Intel comes together to rule the Smartphone and Tablet Markets  of Today.

The move is the latest effort by Intel to get into the booming smartphone market, where processors based on the ARM architecture devised by the Cambridge-based company of the same name dominate.

Google and Intel say they will work together to optimise future versions of Google's Android mobile software for Intel's Atom processors, hoping to speed the development and time-to-market of future Intel-powered smartphones.

The move could jump-start Intel's efforts to expand into the market for mobile phones and touchscreen tablet devices at a time when sales of PCs are slowing in mature markets such as North America and Europe.

Intel is in a position establish a stronghold on the tablet market, similar to the one it has with PCs, if Intel's new Atom chip takes hold with Google's support. Currently, processors by U.K.-based ARM Holdings are used predominantly in smartphones and tablets because they don't drain batteries like Intel's chips.

But many PC users trust Intel processors, and a new Intel chip that works well in smartphones and tablets without draining their batteries may sway those PC users to buy mobile devices with Intel processors.
Source : Guardian