As PC shipments fall, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has announced that it's keen to power Android and Chrome OS devices.
with PC World during Computex, Taiwan, Lisa Su, senior vice president
and general manager of global business units at AMD, said that the
company is open to expanding OS options as it makes x86 and ARM chips.
She also indicated that the company is looking to expand its custom-chip
business as Android and Chrome OS offer options for such design
integration, although it is still committed to Windows 8.
during CES, AMD had said that it was not interested in entering the
low-cost tablet market and was confident about Windows 8. Su had said
that Windows 8 may be off to a slow start, but would catch on in the
future and that AMD was interested in higher-end Windows 8 tablets. She
had also said that the company was not interested in powering Android
According to the new report, AMD did not comment on when
AMD-powered Android tablets will make it to the market but it's working
with developers on making Android apps compatible with its chips.
has already captured the next generation gaming consoles with its chips
powering all three major game systems, the Wii U, Xbox One and
It's worth pointing out that the majority of
Android tablets are powered by chips based on ARM architecture, though
Intel has also started focusing on the OS, as manufacturers like Asus
and Samsung adopt its chips.
Intel will be launching upgraded Atom
chipsets for tablets with the Bay Trail-T SoC (system on chip) in the
holiday season. The new quad-core chip features Intel's 22nm low-power
Silvermont micro-architecture for tablets which is similar to the
manufacturer's new Haswell micro-architecture for computers. The major
highlight of the chips is the integrated 4G LTE support. Aimed at
tablets, Intel claims that the new 22nm quad-core Atom SoC will deliver
twice the CPU and thrice the graphics performance of the current
generation of processors. It will also enhance up to eight hours of
So it looks like PC chip makers Intel and AMD would
now compete in the tablets market as more users switch to them in the