For Galaxy Tab, odd Samsung-Intel partnership emerges

For Galaxy Tab, odd Samsung-Intel partnership emerges

Samsung is opting for an Intel chip in its next Galaxy Tab, which makes for an unusual partnership.

Samsung is putting an Intel chip in an Android Galaxy Tab. That’s unusual.

As CNET reported back on May 20, Samsung is slated to disclose — either privately or publicly — the next Intel-based Galaxy
tablet at Computex, which starts June 4. It will run
Android 4.2.2 and sport a 1,280 x 800 display.
What’s odd is that Samsung is a chipmaking giant in its own right and
considered an Intel rival in Android mobile devices. For example, its Exynos series of chips power the Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy tablets.
But it may have good reason to tap Intel technology.
“[Intel’s] Clover Trail+ delivers competitive performance and battery
life with Qualcomm and Nvidia ARM chips,” said Nathan Brookwood,
principal analyst at Insight 64.
Brookwood continued. “It’s the first [version] of Atom that can support both Android and
Windows 8.
In the past, Intel’s platforms for Windows 8 differed from their
platforms for Android. So, it would be possible for Samsung to build a
Galaxy Tab that is physically the same hardware [as an Android product]
and use it for a Windows 8 version,” Brookwood said.
Here’s
another reason: Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail chip — a complete redesign
of the Atom micro-architecture — may be an even more attractive option
for Samsung tablets and hybrids in the coming months.
Intel already supplies processors for Samsung PCs and its Ativ Windows 8 tablets and hybrids, which will most certainly be updated when Windows 8.1 and Bay Trail arrive.
A South Korea-based report on Thursday claimed Intel and Samsung intend to “expand” their partnership.
“Intel
Korea is hiring more chip developers…the number of Intel’s
Atom-branded chip engineers increased to over 50 this year from last
year’s six in Korea. Most of them are working for Samsung-related
projects with a mission to customize circuits for adaptation on Samsung
products,” the report in Korea Times said, quoting a source.
The
Galaxy 10.1 Android tablet is expected to sport a dual-core 1.6GHz
version of the Atom Clover Trail+. That chip uses a high-performance
PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphic processing unit from Imagination
Technologies.
It’s also possible that Samsung could come out
with Galaxy Tab based on its own Exynos chip or an ARM chip from
Qualcomm or Nvidia. 
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