In this explosive smartphone market, mobile SoC plays a major role in deciding the fate of a device. While a majority of small and medium sized vendors use processing chipsets from Qualcomm, Nvidia, Intel and MediaTek, some giants like Samsung and Apple use their own chipsets for device cost reduction and performance tuning. Recently, Apple launched their A7 SoC which powers the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina Display. Apple’s A7 is ahead of the curve with features such 64-Bit CPU cores and ARM’s v8 architecture. This has forced other manufacturers to shift to the use of 64-bit processors. But there’s actually no real use of using a 64-bit processor without a complementing operating system. Intel has been working on a 64-bit version of Android Kernel by contributing to the development of the Kernel.
Intel has stated that it has completed their work on 64-bit version of Android 4.4 Kitkat kernel. This new kernel will be used in tablets and smartphones packed with Intel “BayTrail” and “Merrifield” SoCs. Lenovo ThinkPad 8 already uses BayTrail. The “Merrifield” SoC features two 64-bit cores built with a 22nm fabrication process and packs within a new PowerVR 6 “Rogue” series GPU. This chipset is targeted towards high-end smartphones. According to ComputerWorld, Intel will be displaying this 64-bit version of Android as well as the new Merrifield processor at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) next month in Barcelona, Spain.
Intel says that this new mobile technology will improve the performance by 40% in tasks like photo editing and other daily tasks. If it performs as promised, Apple will no longer be the only manufacturer to provide 64-Bit technology in smartphones.