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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:13

AMD aiming for Android

Written by Nick Farell
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Hiring driver writers
Chip designer AMD is apparently looking to push its chips into Android devices. According to the outfit's site AMD is hiring Android driver development engineers which indicates the outfit is thinking about an AMD powered Android tablet or notebook soon.

A job post on the AMD website reads: “The Linux Base Graphics team is looking for Android Driver Development engineers to help us evolve our driver stack for new platforms and in line with the development trends in the Android ecosystem. Experience with video decodes acceleration within the Android web browser or video player application would be an asset.”

If AMD does get involved with tablets and smartphones it will cause a headache for Intel which has been desperately trying to get people to take its Atom chips seriously in that space. Atom processors already support Android but will not manage to see off any serious attempt from AMD's Fusion-based processors.

Hiring staff to create Android drivers for its Fusion line-up, will give AMD the edge when it comes to its Brazos chip offerings.


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+31 #1 hoohoo 2011-04-13 14:59
Good move if AMD goes for Android support. Ontario would be nice in a tablet.
 
 
+14 #2 Pyronick 2011-04-13 16:44
I'd be better if AMD would first join the Open Handset Alliance.

Steps need to be taken first.
 
 
+12 #3 aussiebear 2011-04-13 17:47
This shouldn't be too much of a surprise.

If you've seen AMD's 2012 roadmap (CES 2011 back in January), you'll note that they have plans to bring in "Krishna" (28nm) for the "Essentials and Tablet" market.

"Krishna" is to replace "Ontario" (40nm) or C-series APU.
 
 
+3 #4 loadwick 2011-04-13 18:23
x86 needs to be at a minimum of 28nm or in Intel's case 22nm as it just runs too hot and isn't designed for a tiny TDP.

With enough money and time AMD and Intel will make it work but ARM have a huge advantage at the moment and i would say are pulling away from them not getting caught up.
 
 
+6 #5 Shadow187 2011-04-13 21:15
Doesn't AMD have a low-end Fusion product that runs on 3 watts? Lowering the GPU spec and putting that on 28nm should easily get the sub-watt power consumption required.
 
 
+4 #6 Medallish 2011-04-14 01:06
Quoting Shadow187:
Doesn't AMD have a low-end Fusion product that runs on 3 watts? Lowering the GPU spec and putting that on 28nm should easily get the sub-watt power consumption required.

No, they have a version of the C-50 that is 5W where they've cut down on certain things like memory compatability and certain GPU things, although which I don't know, that being said Krishna will be damn interesting, most likely AMD will be able to bring atleast C-50 performance in 3W or less which should be good enough for tablets, a sub watt chip of that caliber will probably take a while.
 
 
-5 #7 Deanjo 2011-04-14 02:23
Hope they find better programmers then they currently have with their linux drivers.
 
 
+5 #8 The_Countess 2011-04-14 15:47
Quoting Deanjo:
Hope they find better programmers then they currently have with their linux drivers.


that might have been funny 3 years ago, but today the premise the joke is based on is just not true anymore.
 

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