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AMD joins Intel on MeeGo project

AMD joins Intel on MeeGo project

AMD has set its enmities aside and joined Intel on the MeeGo Linux project, looking to find a market for its APU products.

AMD has done something unexpected, and joined forces with long-term rival Intel - but before you get excited, it's a partnership on software, not hardware.

The chip maker has agreed to join the MeeGo Linux project, alongside rival Intel and mobile specialist Nokia, in order to be part of the development of next-generation mobile and embedded platforms.

It's a sensible move for AMD to make: its low-power APU designs are perfect for such environments, and while it may struggle to make inroads against market leader ARM it has a better-than-average chance of at least holding back Intel's progress in those sectors with its Atom processor.

Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of AMD's software development division, explained that 'MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system,' and claimed that AMD was 'glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units."

While the partnership is, officially, with the Linux Foundation - of which AMD is already a gold-level member and board member - it will bring the company in close contact with Intel, which developed the Moblin OS which was merged with Nokia's smartphone-oriented Maemo OS to form the MeeGo project.

It's clear that AMD is willing to swallow its pride and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Intel in order to grab a chunk of the mobile and embedded markets for its new APUs, but sparks are likely to fly before too long.

Are you impressed that AMD will be targeting MeeGo with its APUs, or shocked that it would consider joining what is very much still an Intel-driven project? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Unicorn 16th November 2010, 14:15 Quote
I'm shocked, although I can see how it could be a good move for both companies and the project as a whole. I hope it works out and the sparks don't start flying - because it's going to be a fundamental project for the mobile devices industry in the next couple of years - but we all know how much rivalry there is between these two. It could all end in tears :/
Th3Maverick 16th November 2010, 14:40 Quote
Only a matter of time before the Intel-AMD merger and the ultimate monopoly subjugates the known universe.
Doomah 16th November 2010, 14:59 Quote
I think the reason AMD joins this, is because they see Intel making the code better run on Atom and Intel hardware than on AMD hardware.
MaverickWill 16th November 2010, 15:48 Quote
Next week - Intel spits dummy out, tells MeeGo to **** off, takes source code with it.
schmidtbag 16th November 2010, 17:39 Quote
@TH3Maverick
that legally can never happen, intel and amd are under a certain contract

@MaverickWill
that also legally can never happen - meego uses a public license, which prevents it from being proprietary to 1 company.

...is maverick a really common name in england or something?

anyways, personally i think its great amd is doing this, and i'm sure half the reason they're doing it is to prove a point about their APUs (and because intel already did all the dirty work so they don't have to re-create an entire os to compete). although its good amd is doing it, i have a feeling meego isn't going to be as successful as intel, amd, or nokia will be hoping - i think android or chrome OS will do better.
being mainly a linux user myself, i'd much rather amd focus on linux drivers than work on an OS. since amd bought out ati, linux drivers have immensely improved but they're still behind windows. i'm not even sure if you can do crossfire in linux.
GravitySmacked 16th November 2010, 18:50 Quote
Kinda nice to see them working together; gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Lazy_Amp 16th November 2010, 20:33 Quote
So Meego is going to be some sort of x86 alliance OS against the popular ARM based OSes in the mobile market then?

Well, let's see if anything is done with it. I have trepidation that it will be a runaway success, but no reason not to try.
Snips 16th November 2010, 22:20 Quote
Is this because iOS is closed nonsense and Windows Phone 7 has taken them all by surprise and actually be bloody good?
schmidtbag 16th November 2010, 22:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Is this because iOS is closed nonsense and Windows Phone 7 has taken them all by surprise and actually be bloody good?

no, meego has been in development for a while now, about a year i think. i don't think its intended to be used specifically for phones, seeing as how x86 sucks for extra low-power systems. amd joined because they think they can compete with ARM, which is great at low-power processors.
Nexxo 16th November 2010, 23:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
Is this because iOS is closed nonsense and Windows Phone 7 has taken them all by surprise and actually be bloody good?

Or possibly because Android is too open nonsense (think about it). But MeeGo has indeed been in development for quite a while.
MaverickWill 16th November 2010, 23:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
@MaverickWill
that also legally can never happen - meego uses a public license, which prevents it from being proprietary to 1 company.

...is maverick a really common name in england or something?

Intel could well take their patented Moblin source code and leave with it, if I'm reading it right, especially since they're the ones who started the venture with Nokia.

And Th3Maverick is in the States. We've had this conversation before, I'm sure. :p
kosch 17th November 2010, 12:39 Quote
Tried MeeGo on my N900 the other day. Its still got a long way to go yet!

http://meego.com/devices/handset/installing-meego-nokia-n900
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