After Apple’s iPhone 5S, the first mobile device with a 64-bit chip, and Samsung’s similar plans for 2014, Intel is the most recent to have disclosed its own plans regarding the 64-bit Bay Trail Atom chips for tablets.
Brian Krzanich, the CEO of the chipmaker, said at a recent investors meeting last week that Intel is working on 64-bit chips for Android, which is likely to make a debut after its Bay Trail 64-bit chips for Windows 8.1 devices. He further stated that Android tablets with Bay Trail Atom 64-bit chips are likely to be available starting at $150.
More than 4GB of RAM can be supported by these chips, which ultimately means, more graphically intense gaming and 4K Ultra HD support.
Although, the company didn’t reveal when it will officially launch the very first 64-bit Bay Trail Android tablet, the firm however is about to make a great appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Thus, we can expect the first 64-bit Android tablet as recently as in January 2014.
The tablets running on ARM and Intel processors are now harnessed with 32-bit versions of Android. However it’s not clear which version of Android will be used in the 64-bit Intel tablets. Currently, Intel is developing the image of the Android 4.4 KitKat.
Intel’s Android tablets aren’t the first with 64-bit chipset. Apple’s most recent iPad Air and iPad Mini already have the A7 processor and iOS 7 that support 64-bit addressing.
Apple asserts that the 64-bit addressing has not only enhanced the applications but has also improved the graphics performance in its devices.
The vice president and general manager of Intel’s software and service group, Dough Fisher said during a speech at Intel’s developer conference that an Android tablet with 64-bit kernel support will pave the way for Ultra HD videos in the devices.
While, other Android manufacturers clutter to talk about their 64-bit plan, Intel has come up with a more focused and organized plan of its own. The company claims that Adobe Photoshop is likely to run 40% faster on Bay Trail.
The fact that the 64-bit plan has impressively worked better for Apple, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the same will be true for Intel. This is however referred to as Intel’s recovery plan.
In the investors meeting, the firm admitted that it can’t afford to commit the same mistake it had committed in its recently dormant PC chip sales. The CEO also suggested that the sales of Intel based tables will quadruplicate next year, to approximately more than 40 million.