Intel and AMD ignore Android and Linux

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and AMD (NYSE:AMD) are eschewing Android and other Linux-based platforms for their latest tablet chips. Intel's Clover Trail system-on-a-chip (SoC) won't run Linux, and neither will AMD's Hondo. Some see the dead hand of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) at work. Others think it's just a tactical pause before next year's Bay Trail platform.

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Agam Shah is on the trail of some Atomic news:

Intel for months has stressed that the Clover Trail chip was optimized for...Windows 8. ... Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo have already announced Windows 8 tablets based on Clover Trail...20 tablet designs are in the works. ... Clover Trail tablets have been shown running Windows 8, but none have been shown running Android.

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Intel earlier said it wasn't actively porting Android to...Clover Trail tablets. ... [It] plans to keep Windows 8 dedicated to Clover Trail.  MORE

It's not just Intel playing this game, as Lawrence Latif notes:

AMD's Hondo APU...can be used in devices that are sleek. ... [AMD said] that the firm is focusing on Windows 8. ... Steve Belt, corporate VP of ultra low power products at AMD [said] "This is a Windows 8 product, only. ... It is a conscious decision not to go after Android.

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However unlike Intel, Belt said AMD's software engineers are working on Linux support, though that doesn't necessarily mean Android.  MORE

Predictably, Bruce Perens is dismissive:

Clover Trail is already a dead end for other technical and business reasons. ... Atom isn't really the right architecture for portable devices with limited power budgets. Intel has tried to address this...[but] doesn't approach ARM's power efficiency.

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Why does Intel...build these losers? ... [It] doesn't offer anything new, or even anything that Intel is likely to re-use in future chips. ... Clover Trail wasn't a good bet. Ultimately, it will probably sour the Microsoft-Intel relationship.

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AMD's "Hondo" [is] "Windows Only" too. Microsoft must be paying both manufacturers a lot for this.  MORE

But Andrew Cunningham says the battery life ain't all that bad:

...the Clover Trail SoC is a close relative of the Medfield platform that we've seen in...smartphones like the Xolo 900—it uses the same 32nm CPU architecture...but is a dual-core...paired with a more powerful GPU...said to be comparable to Apple's A5X.

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Clover Trail should enable...ten hours of battery life...in an 8.5mm thick package...[like] current 10" ARM-based tablets. ... [It has] a new system power state...dubbed "S0ix," [or] "active idle." ... System resume time is...instantaneous, wasting less power than in the transition between sleep states.  MORE

Meanwhile, Preston Gralla thinks the chatter is moot anyway:

There's already evidence that Windows...tablets are going to priced at [about $700 or $800]. ... Asus's [leaked] pricing...for the holiday season...for an RT tablet is $599, for a Windows 8 tablet is $799, and a hybrid tablet/notebook is $1,299.

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There's no way Microsoft can make headway against Apple [at] the same prices as iPads. [And it] will be squeezed from the bottom...given the $199 price of the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7.  MORE
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