Major Android tablet makers have begun adopting Intel's Atom processors. Soon, we may see Android devices featuring AMD hardware, too. As PC World reports, AMD's Lisa Su dropped hints about the subject during an interview at Computex this week.
"We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it's a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well," Su said.
Su, who heads AMD's Global Business Units, apparently didn't go into much more detail. There's no telling when the first AMD-powered Android slates might arrive.
It might be sooner rather than later, though. AMD's next-gen low-power Kabini and Temash APUs came out just a couple of weeks ago, and Temash can fit into power envelopes as low as 3.9W. We've already caught glimpses of the first Windows 8 slates based on it, so it's not inconceivable that similar systems featuring Android could be in the works.
The same goes for Chromebooks. In fact, since those systems tend to resemble ultrathin notebooks more than tablets, higher-wattage AMD chips could be used. The Temash lineup includes 8W and 9W offerings, and AMD also offers Kabini chips with TDPs of 9W, 15W, and 25W.