AMD soon in an Android Device?
AMD previously said that they had no interest in Android and that its chips would be exclusively tuned for Microsoft’s Windows 8. But now the company will adapt its chips for companies that want to build laptops or tablets with Android or Chrome.
“I think Android and Chrome tend to be in the entry form factors—the tablets, the low-end clamshells,” Su said.
Su did not comment on when AMD-based Android tablets would reach the market. But the company is working with developers on Android applications for AMD chips.
AMD also offers the BlueStacks emulator to run Android apps on Windows PCs. ARM, Intel and MIPS chips are already compatible with Android, though most of the native Android code is written for ARM.
Adoption of Windows 8 on tablets has been weak, and Android support could open up a larger market for AMD. AMD’s previous Z-01 and Z-60 tablet chips were used in just a handful of Windows tablets, none of which sold well.
AMD hopes to get a fresh start in tablets with the latest chips in the product line code-named Temash, the A4 and A6, which were announced last month. The chips offers power consumption as low as 3.9 watts and battery life up to eight hours while Web browsing. Devices with Temash are expected in the second half of the year, and a prototype tablet from Quanta was shown by AMD at the Computex press conference.
The Temash chips are 64-bit and have been designed with Windows 8. The chips are designed to provide PC-like performance on tablets, which is a contrast to Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail tablet chips, which focus more on battery life. Temash includes support for DirectX 11, which improves gaming on Windows.
The Bay Trail chips will go into Windows 8.1 and Android tablets starting at under $199.