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Intel Oak Trail CPU To Power Future Google Products?

Intel may well provide Google with a two chip solution for its next generation products, as an Intel executive revealed that the company is working with the web giant to bring Android 3.0 to Intel-powered tablets.

Bill Kircos told PC World (opens in new tab) that Honeycomb can run on Oak Trail solutions and that it is up to the device manufacturers themselves to decide whether or not they should ship products based on the two technologies.

Intel and Google have enjoyed a very good partnership. Google chose Intel's Sodaville embedded Atom solution over ARM for its first Google TV products, including set top boxes and televisions.

Intel's Atom is also powering Google's CR48 Chrome laptop, and it is very likely that Intel's embedded version of the newly announced Oak Trail chip, the Z650, will end up powering some of Google's own products.

The chip has a single core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz with 512KB L2 cache, Intel's GMA600 graphics solution (which is based on Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX535, the same as on the iPad) as well as support for up to 2GB single channel DDR2 memory.

In theory the tablet will be fast enough to power demanding applications such as; decoding high definition video streams and playing full HD video content. Though the battery life of the device is still unknown.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.