Intel has had a very busy day in China recently, making numerous announcements during a conference there. Those announcements range from new chips to a media box, but where we come in is the Android KitKat 4.4 64 bit kernel. So let’s go ahead and take a look at everything they had to announce while in China on Wednesday.
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The media box is from QVOD Technology, and is powered by Intel’s BayTrail processors. The media box will be coming out later this year, but it won’t be the only one that Intel has had a hand in developing. Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president at Intel also noted that they are working with Xiaomi to produce another media set-top box. Though the QVOD has a currently available Intel chip inside, that doesn’t mean that Intel isn’t working on new chips.
Currently, according to Skaugen, Intel is working on an SoC or System on a Chip. Intel has codenamed this Soc “Braswell” and it is to be a follow-up to a Bay Trail processor. Though it is expected to be a bit smaller, it is also expected to be more powerful. Braswell will surely add performance and efficiency to that of the Bay Trail line. The target market of the Braswell chips will be Chromebooks and cheaper desktop PCs as well. In addition to Braswell, Intel had a few other things they wanted to announce.
The Android KitKat 4.4 with a 64-bit kernel optimized for Intel Architecture. The goal here is to make things easier for developers on future devices. Intel was quoted saying, “With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA, taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices.”
Intel’s general manager of their Mobile and Communications Group, Hermann Eul also announced some details about the company’s SoFIA chip project. SoFIA 3G is a dual chip SoC that is due to be released later this year. SoFia will also more than likely be seen on tablets and smartphones sometime around the end of this year, to next year. However Eul also talked about the moves they are making to become more present in China. Since China is becoming the largest PC market in the world. So to grow their presence there Intel is working on a new LTE platform that supports S-CDMA and TD-LTE.