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IDF: Intel introduces new Mobile Device Atom CPU which supports Windows XP
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 08.04.09 - 14:46:47 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12649x
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While Windows XP is nearly end of its lifecycle, it's still the number 1 operating system for Netbooks, which are mostly powered by by Intel's Atom CPUs. Sure, as long a Windows 7 isn't available, Windows XP makes much sense on Netbooks. However, so far Intel wasn't too successful in the mobile phone business but Qualcomm, Samsung and TI are the majors here. However, with today's announced new Atom Z550, Intel wants to change this and went even further in its proof of concept. While there are a couple of very good operating systems available for mobile phones, namely Windows Mobile and Android, today - during the IDF - Intel showed a prototype of a clamshell smartphone which is runs Windows XP, utilizing Intel's new Z550 Atom CPU at 2 GHz!

Sure, it's yet a proof of concept only but I really wonder which sense it makes to show such a prototype? I'm not sure if I want to run - even if it's a good one - outdated PC operating system on my mobile phone? I'm even quite satisfied with today's available Qualcomm, Samsung and TI ARM-based CPUs and first of all, before proofing that the Atom Z550 is able to run Windows XP on smartphones, Intel should proof that its new platform consumes even less energy and I would suggest to start with new Netbooks first.

Cheers ~ Arne

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