AMD jumping on the Android bandwagon
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AMD has followed NVIDIA through notebooks and netbooks to the tablets now, with its decision to manufacture new chipsets for the Android based devices.
The company reportedly is recruiting engineers for the position called “Linux driver development engineer” in their Ontario office. The profile says “Experience with video decode acceleration within the Android web browser or video player application would be an asset” which suggest that the Sunnyvale company is indeed very interested in pushing its APUs into the largest growing computer category. In fact Tom’s Hardware reports that MSI is already gearing up for the market with its latest tablet using AMD's 40-nm low-voltage Brazos APUs. Acer has also placed an order for the same APUs earlier this year. Although details are not available right away about the Acer tablet in question – do not be surprised if you spot both of those during the upcoming Computex in Taipei.
AMD confirmed back in January that it planned to take tablets into the umbrella of low-power devices powered by Brazos. But it is now that the company seems to be confident enough to implement it, could it be that there is finally a tablet-centered AMD APU that will have and AMD CPU along with an ATI (now called AMD) graphics chip?
AMD’s main competitors in this market will be NVIDIA in its exact product nature with its Tegra 2 series of APUs, but expect ARM, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas instrument to hold major threat if AMD is looking at numbers.