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  • ideal_invst ideal_invst Feb 3, 2013 8:17 AM Flag

    Can new dual-core Medfields be used for Android tablets?

    Marsavian: Based on your posts, I have 2 questions:

    (1) The dual-core Medfields are being targeted at Tablets rather than at Smartphones. Do you think this is what Intel is doing? Given that, x86 is running later versions of Android (if not the latest), we can expect to see x86 based Android Tablets at MWC?

    If this happens, it is a huge plus for Intel giving it a play in the pure Tablet market. (Of course, convertibles/detachables with Clover Trail+ and Core will have an increasing segment as well.)

    (2) Given that dual-core Medfield is a 2W part, can this still be used for powerful Smartphones if its deep-sleep capabilities can provide an optimal Smartphone usage? In other words, what is the likelihood of seeing this dual-core Medfield part in high-end Smartphones?

    If this happens, Intel will begin to be seen as a performance leader in the Smartphone market. With the original Medfield, and now Lexington and dual-core, Intel will address the medium, low, and high-end segments of the Smartphone market.

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    • Clovertrail+ is a perfect part for high-end smartphones and lower high-end tablets that need retina screens and punchy performance with good endurance. It will be just fine in a high-end phone as is, as exemplified by the slimness of the K900. Bay Trail will battle with quad-core A15s later this year for the non-Core high end tablet crown and I fancy Bay Trail's chances ;-). Don't get too hung up about early market-share what is more important is getting x86 mobile brand positive mind-share first and the market-share will follow. Like Otellini said mobile is a marathon not a sprint. When all the 22nm Atom products are out in volume I believe Clovertrail+ and Medfield will then be used to combat the ARM A7 parts on performance/price.

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      • Sounds cool, thanks for your responses. Looks like MWC will continue the positive news for Intel in the mobile space.

        I am not hung up about early market share but I would like to see the negative clouds hanging over Intel lifted one by one: death of the PC, cannibalization of the PC by Tablets, ARM taking over the server market, CPUs not relevant because GPUs can handle most of the tasks, etc.

        The journalists/analysts have had a field day repeating all these ad nauseam over the last 3 years...I would like to see them all get a good kick in the rear soon.

    • (1) Clovertrail+ is positioned for both android tablets and smartphones. I believe it will be a long lasting selling design in the mobile arena due to its unique set of qualities and being made on fully depreciated 32nm wafers. I can see it going up against 20nm A7s in its final steppings while 22nm Merrifield and Bay Trail concentrate on putting some manners on the A15.

      (2) Very likely. 2W is about the limit in a smartphone before you start having to think about throttling your cores e.g. the 3W QCOM Krait S4 Pro. The 4 threads also help because they will help to keep clockspeeds and voltages down when multi-tasking/threading. It's a very neat design.

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