The technology landscape is rapidly changing, with computers being available pretty much anywhere and OSes being composed of more than just one or two big names. AMD has supported Microsoft Windows for the longest time, but now it's opening its doors to other operating systems, namely Google's Android and Chrome OS. AMD is still committed to Windows 8, but sees a huge market with Android and Chrome that it doesn't want to miss. Chips will be designed based on x86 and ARM for the two Google OSes, and will work in both laptops and tablets. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, did not say when we can expect AMD-powered Android tablets and Chrome laptops, but that the company is working with Android developers to get apps running on AMD parts.
Windows 8 tablets aren't exactly flying off the shelves, so AMD's move to support Android should open up a larger market to help drive sales. Its previous tablet chips, Z-01 and Z-60, didn't sell well in the Windows devices it was used in, but AMD hopes its new Temash chips will change that. Those chips offer as little as 3.9W of power consumption and up to eight hours of battery life while browsing the Web. Temash is a 64-bit part and designed with Windows 8 in mind , and also are meant to deliver PC-like performance on tablets thanks to its support of DirectX 11. Hopefully those parts can be reworked to take advantage of Android tablets and Chrome laptops, especially since Temash is expected to arrive later this year. It's good to see AMD branching out, and with any luck the move to Google's OSes is a beneficial one.
Source: PC World