April 20, 2011 | by Michael Heller
It seemed odd that Intel wasn’t trying harder to get in on the mobile explosion, but they are officially declaring war on NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Samsung, whose CPUs are dominating the Android ecosystem right now. President and chief executive Paul Otellini said that Intel is working hard to bring Honeycomb to x86 hardware.
The plan is to have some of those fun “Intel Inside” stickers on tablets by year’s end, and Otellini went so far as to say that he ”would be very disappointed if we didn’t see Intel-based phones for sale 12 months from now.”
Intel had stated two years ago that it would be trying to break into the smartphone market, but has yet to make any real gain in the space. Intel is going to have an uphill battle trying to break through the triuverate of NVIDIA, Samsung and Qualcomm, which have all proven their value in the mobile space.
Intel announced the Oak Trail chipset not too long ago, which it plans to bring to Windows, Linux and Android tablets, but given the timeline that they are working on for a tablet, it seems unlikely that Oak Trail will be able to compete. Oak Trail is said to include the Atom Z series processor, which currently runs single-core at 1.5 GHz, but will theoretically move to 1.2 GHz dual-core in the future. Even if Intel hits its mark for a tablet by year’s end, it will have to go up against the quad-core Tegra 3, which is due to be in commercial products by August.