Intel Shows Off Their Medfield Powered Android Devices

In recent news, Intel is looking to get a foot in the door when it comes to manufacturing smartphones and tablets.  It appears as though they want the world to know that they can do more than just produce chips with the U.K. company’s ARM architecture.  Intel upped their game last week when MIT’s Technology Review tested a smartphone and tablet prototype equipped with Intel’s latest chip set called the Medfield.  Medfield ran on devices using Google’s Android OS on board and showed some impressive results.

“We expect products based on these to be announced in the first half of 2012,” says Stephen Smith, vice president of Intel’s architecture group.

These devices are being dubbed “reference designs” and are being shipped out to persuade handset manufactures to build devices that will surround the new Intel hardware.

They can use as much or as little of the reference design as they like…..

The quote above was also stated by Smith as he hinted that we could see some serious hardware housing the new tech in January at CES. The Medfield design is directly in line with Intel’s “Atom” series chip set and promises to aim towards better battery consumption, something Intel is not really noted for.  What previously took several cores to accomplish will now be possible with only one core chip which will combine an array of functionality.   “This is our first offering that’s truly a single chip,” says Smith.  The “all-in-one design” aka system on a chip (SoC) has become the standard feature when it comes to ARM based CPU’s in today’s smartphones.

The prototype which Technology Review worked with had similar dimensions to the iPhone 4S however, was noticeably lighter since there is more plastic and not as much glass or metal.  The device was sporting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  In addition, it was said that the device was “powerful and pleasing” to use and was easily in a class and on par with the latest Apple device.  The handset could play Blue-ray quality video, stream to TV sets and browse the web with smooth and fast scrolling.  All in all we’re sort of looking forward to seeing what Intel can come up with.  On to CES!

[via MIT]




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