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No open source support for Clover Trail – it’s a Windows 8 chip

New Atom chip will not support Linux

Intel has stated that it will not provide support for Linux operating systems on its forthcoming Clover Trail processors – including Android.

According to the Inquirer, Intel has confirmed that the dual core chip was designed and optimised to work with the Windows 8 operating system, indicating that the chip giant is hedging its bets on Microsoft.

This is perhaps an unsurprising devlpment given that Apple is increasingly reliant on it’s proprietary ‘A’ chips, which are based on the ARM architecture.

Officially however, Intel’s reasoning for the lack of Linux support is due to the fact that Clover Trail makes extensive use of P-states and C-states (used to control idle state and frequency respectively) presumably to improve power-performance, and while Windows 8 has kernel level support for this, Linux apparently doesn’t.

However, with forecasts for the tablet OS market predicting a 40/60 split between Android and iOS with less than ten per cent remaining to ‘other’ it may be that these chips see a limited release.

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