Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
Intel pokes fun at quad-core mobile SoCs, says Android isn't ready yet
| by Roydon Cerejo |
Intel takes a potshot at SoC manufacturers claiming that they aren’t doing their part in optimizing Android for multi-core chipsets. The statement comes from Mike Bell, GM of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, who said, “The way it's implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think - frankly - some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it." We reckon his views stem from the fact that Medfield is still, technically, a single core CPU, which pales in comparison with dual-core and quad-core chipsets from manufacturers, like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Samsung. It’s quite clear that Bell is trying to distract us from the fact that Intel is nowhere close to what ARM is offering right now in the mobile space and is probably buying the company some time till they get their act together.
Defending their honour
We saw the same story on the desktop. Once AMD and Intel released multi-core CPUs, Windows wasn’t optimized for it overnight. Bell goes on to state, “A lot of stuff we are dealing with, thread scheduling and thread affinity, isn't there yet and on top of that, largely when the operating system goes to do a single task, a lot of other stuff stops. So as we move to multiple cores, we're actually putting a lot of investment into software to fix the scheduler and fix the threading so if we do multi-core products it actually takes advantage of it.”
What he doesn’t say is that Intel had to spend a lot of time and effort for Medfield, since they had to make the chip work with Android, rather than it being the other way around. Android is already optimized for ARM, so chipset makers can focus on optimizing other things.
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