Mobile devices are our constant companions helping us plan, navigate, communicate, capture, publish and more…and sometimes all at once. People are continuously pushing the boundaries of usage models on their mobile devices with more advanced apps, more windows, high-res photography, HD recording and playback, and overall richer multitasking. It’s important that mobile devices continue to evolve and stay ahead of the expanding needs of mobile device users.
For consumers, the expanding needs for larger memories, increased levels of performance, richer multitasking environments, and even more vibrant displays (4K/8K) are encouraging a transition to 64-bit support. Enhancing the performance and capabilities of their mobile devices becomes important for more demanding consumer uses and richer versions of the apps they love to use.
For IT managed systems, 64-bit support enables IT to more easily provision mobile devices in a Windows operating environment with a common image utilizing their existing management suite to further reduce what is already the lowest total cost of ownership with IA/Windows 8. As tablets make further inroads in the enterprise 64-bit support will be a sought after capability.
Not only has Intel been designing and manufacturing 64-bit chips for over 10 years but the architectures for our Intel® Atom™ processors for mobile devices have been 64-bit ready since 2008. This is Intel’s heritage, and we excel at delivering high performance at low power across both Windows and Android operating systems. Years ago, we worked with our OEM customers and our ecosystem partners to transition PCs to 64-bit support, and today we are again working with our OEM customers and ecosystem partners to transition mobile devices to 64-bit support. While the long-term benefits are clear, there is still work to be done before mobile device users can take full advantage of the benefits of 64-bit support. However, that hard work is already underway and Intel architecture provides a ready foundation.
The first evidence of this hard work will be some of our OEM customers introducing 64-bit tablets in early 2014 targeted at the enterprise and running the Windows 8 operating system. These mobile devices will offer enterprise-class applications and security, and one strong benefit will be no password VPN for mobile devices optimized with Intel® Identity Protection Technology with PKI. 64-bit support for other operating systems as well as for consumers will follow.
Bringing 64-bit support to mobile devices is great. It will allow Intel, our OEM customers, and our ecosystem partners to push the boundaries even further for what is possible on mobile devices with Intel inside. We’re very excited!