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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:13

AMD aiming for Android

Written by Nick Farell
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Hiring driver writers
Chip designer AMD is apparently looking to push its chips into Android devices. According to the outfit's site AMD is hiring Android driver development engineers which indicates the outfit is thinking about an AMD powered Android tablet or notebook soon.

A job post on the AMD website reads: “The Linux Base Graphics team is looking for Android Driver Development engineers to help us evolve our driver stack for new platforms and in line with the development trends in the Android ecosystem. Experience with video decodes acceleration within the Android web browser or video player application would be an asset.”

If AMD does get involved with tablets and smartphones it will cause a headache for Intel which has been desperately trying to get people to take its Atom chips seriously in that space. Atom processors already support Android but will not manage to see off any serious attempt from AMD's Fusion-based processors.

Hiring staff to create Android drivers for its Fusion line-up, will give AMD the edge when it comes to its Brazos chip offerings.


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