Intel Optimizing Its New Atom Processor For Android-Based Tablet Devices

Intel is planning a big push into the Android market, teaming up with device makers to make processors for Android-based tablets.

As a slew of notebook makers prepare to release iPad rivals that use Google's Android OS in the tablet market, Intel, after half of year of negotiations with Google, is planning to develop processors for tablet PCs that run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

According to an article on Digitimes (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110413PD223.html), sources have revealed that Intel’s PRC-Plus plans involve using the company’s low power chips instead of ARM chips on Android tablet in order to improve user experience and the operating system's performance.

Intel plans to optimise its newest Atom processor, code-named Oak Trail to work with Android 3.0 on tablet PCs. The company will also pay a $10 subsidy to tablet makers for using Intel based CPUs on their tablet PC devices. This would also reduce tablets overall cost by eliminating the licensing fees associated with other operating systems.

Device makers Acer, Lenovo and Asustek Computer have agreed to develop Android 3.0 tablets running on Intel CPU in the second half of 2011 while Cisco is planning to launch Intel/Android 3.0 devices that will target the enterprise market.