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Intel to cancel Atom CPUs; future sw updates for the tablet? [answered]

asked 2016-05-01 00:25:14 +0200

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According to multiple tech news sites Intel is going to discontinue development of their Intel Atoms chipsets mainly targeted at mobile devices: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3063508/components/intel-is-on-the-verge-of-exiting-the-smartphone-and-tablet-markets-after-cutting-atom-chips.html

What does this mean in regard to future software updates for the Jolla Tablet? This x86 tablet currently doesn't have as wide a selection of applications as the ARM-based Jolla Phone.

Jolla is a small company with limited resources and if Intel is discontinuing their mobile chipsets future x86 support for SailfishOS would be in favour of ~500 tablet owners.

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intel stop produce more atom cpu-s, but existing cpu-s wont just stop working :D

coderus ( 2016-05-01 20:44:04 +0200 )edit

are u sure?

jota ( 2016-05-03 19:36:26 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-05-01 12:30:58 +0200

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It should have no effect at all on the current tablet. Intel has a good track record to support their products up till their end of life. And the EOL of the Tablet CPU isn't even announced yet from what I can see. And the only support Intel has to provide post delivery is possibly microcode patches which are few and far apart. Most CPUs go their full life without one.

The software is compiled by Jolla and the community and we can continue to do so for as long as we feel like it, Intel takes no part in it.

Future phones/tablets could be affected by this announcement, but Jolla doesn't seem to have many of those up their sleeves right now anyway. And Intel has the m5/m7 series of CPUs now and there are other manufacturers to source from too so I don't think we've seen the last smartphone or tablet just yet.

Simply put, not much to worry about!:)

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For me as an app developer this doesn't make any difference. I just compile all the binaries for both arm and x86. I'm pretty sure the same applies for Jolla as the Sailfish OS developer: they just need to have two compilation targets on their build system.

jollailija ( 2016-05-01 15:55:58 +0200 )edit

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