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Intel Reportedly Battles Atom Clover Trail Drivers

According to a report published by Bloomberg, Intel has not finalized the power management software for Clover Trail yet, causing Microsoft to hold off from approving any of the tablets.

Both Intel and Microsoft declined to comment on the report, but one source familiar with the matter told Tom's Hardware that the issue is not due to a delay of the power management software, but an isolated vendor issue. The source told us that the power management software for Clover Trail is "all good" and there are no anticipated delays in the availability of Clover Trail tablets from Intel's and Microsoft's side.

Of course reports about a problem affecting the availability of Intel hardware for the launch of Windows 8 does not help Intel, and certainly not the vendor base, which is already being tested with the introduction of Windows RT for hardware devices. Earlier, Intel's Paul Otellini was reported raising doubt about the readiness of Windows, which, if it happened, was certainly blown out of proportion that required damage control from Intel.

Neither Intel nor Microsoft can afford Windows 8 / RT to flop and the current lack of enthusiasm for Windows 8 among vendors and consumers is certainly a reason for concern and showing nerves.

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  • nforce4max
    Should have gone with AMD instead, at least their crap has working drivers and a decent gpu.
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  • nforce, AMD doesn't have an SoC that would fit in a phone. How will they go with AMD? This is for always on type platforms, not the more powerful tablet solutions that are desktop replacements. These are fully mobile hardware solutions with baseband mobility. Why don't you get AMD to get the 'crap' in the first place and then they can show us how great their drivers are.
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  • damianrobertjones
    This story is a few weeks old and follows on from tech blogs reporting that Intel stated that, 'Windows 8 was not ready'. Obviously the stupid tech blogs went with the negativity angle and then this story hit.

    "Windows 8 held back due to Intel being slow, not because it's not finished!"
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  • Wisecracker
    Hello, Hondo.

    A potential issue is who will write any *updates* -- Intel, PowerVR, or the OEM ??

    Intel is clearly positioning itself -- against MS.

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  • nieur
    at least they are not making costumers their guinea pigs
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  • silverblue
    SA debunked the Bloomberg report, though they're hardly complimentary about Clover Trail as a whole:

    http://semiaccurate.com/2012/10/08/bloomberg-wrong-about-intels-woes/
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  • luciferano
    JeezLouisenforce, AMD doesn't have an SoC that would fit in a phone. How will they go with AMD? This is for always on type platforms, not the more powerful tablet solutions that are desktop replacements. These are fully mobile hardware solutions with baseband mobility. Why don't you get AMD to get the 'crap' in the first place and then they can show us how great their drivers are.
    Like Wisecracker said, Hondo. A low power enough version could work in a phone/tablet just fine.
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  • Wisecracker
    9412580 said:
    Like Wisecracker said, Hondo. A low power enough version could work in a phone/tablet just fine.

    9412566 said:
    SA debunked the Bloomberg report, though they're hardly complimentary about Clover Trail as a whole:

    http://semiaccurate.com/2012/10/08/bloomberg-wrong-about-intels-woes/

    What he said that I said. AMD with Hondo will happily support Windows8 and Linux with mature video and chipset drivers, which -- for now, at least -- is more than can be said of Clover Trail.

    Video, chipset and even docking support via Lightening-Bolt by AMD is a slam-dunk touchdown dance --- simply an extension of a mature Bobcat/Zacate ....

    backed by TSMC 40nm (and with Kabini LP, 28nm in 2013) production capacity -- not to mention OEMs have already previously marketed Win7 Tabs and hybrids.

    Oh, snap! Go AMD




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  • Yes Intel will happily support not so complete drivers, and happily support OEM's customizing their HD graphics deivers! Any shim, bubblegum, or duct tape, just get those drivers ready, stability be damned, to go with their advaced chips, whose advanced CPU and GPU functins may or may not be fully supported by the OEM's of the appliances with Intel Inside.
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  • alextheblue
    JeezLouisenforce, AMD doesn't have an SoC that would fit in a phone. How will they go with AMD? This is for always on type platforms, not the more powerful tablet solutions that are desktop replacements. These are fully mobile hardware solutions with baseband mobility. Why don't you get AMD to get the 'crap' in the first place and then they can show us how great their drivers are.The article is about full x86 Windows 8 tablets, not ARM-powered Windows Phone 8 phones, or even ARM-powered WinRT tablets. Put down your crack pipe, and read the article before posting. AMD's Z-60 will make for a damn fine Win8 tablet.
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