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HP split into two–HP Enterprise and HP Inc. (devices and printers)–for the growth phase of its turnaround

HP share price -- Sept 2011 - Oct 2014

HP share price — Sept 2011 – Oct 2014. Meg Whitman was named CEO on September 22, 2011. As well as renewing focus on HP’s Research & Development division, Whitman’s major decision during her first year as CEO has been to retain and recommit the firm to the PC business that her predecessor announced he was considering discarding (see the August 2011 post on this blog). After such “stabilization and foundation year” on October 03, 2012 she announced an ambitious 5-year turnaround strategy that promised new products by FY14 and finally growth by 2015.  This plan promised changes in HP’s four primary businesses. Enterprise Services got an entirely different operating model. Likewise the Enterprise Group planned to further utilize the cloud. The operating model of the Printing and Personal Systems Group was simplified by reducing its product line. A new cloud-based consumption model was implemented for the Software Group. With the split now  Meg Whitman writes  that “Hewlett-Packard Enterprise … will define the next generation of infrastructure, software, and services for the New Style of IT” while “HP Inc. will be extremely well-positioned to leverage its impressive portfolio and strong innovation pipeline across areas such as multi-function printing, Ink in the office, notebooks, mobile workstations, tablets and phablets, as well as 3-D printing and new computing experiences”. By separation into two they will “be able to accellerate the progress” they’ve made to date, “unlock additional value”, and “more aggressively go after the opportunities in front” of them.

Also seeing total 55,000 job cuts this year, with 45,000-50,000 cuts already done in Q2. CEO Meg Whitman (age 58) is enjoying huge bonus payments via those job cuts, and then she will lead HP Enterprise as CEO, as well as will become the non-executive Chairman of HP Inc.’s Board of Directors.

Detailed information on this blog about the new direction set up for Personal Systems Group part of HP Inc. (very few):

Latest news from HP Personal Systems Group:
– Revamped Z desktop and ZBook mobile workstations [Sept 10, 2014]
HP Stream series of skinny Windows 8.1 laptops and tablets targeted for the holidays [Sept 29, 2014]
– HP 10 Plus 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Full HD IPS Tablet with Allwinner A31 quadcore 1.0 GHz on Amazon and elsewhere for $280  [July 13, 2014]
– HP Slate 21 – 21.5″-k100 All-in-One Full HD IPS Android PC with NVIDIA Tegra 4 for $400 [Sept 28, 2014] a 17″ version of which, HP Slate 17 will be hitting stores by New Year

Note that such large screen All-in-One Full HD IPS strategy for both desktop replacements as well as great home devices + complete flat tabletop mode for using an application that’s maybe multi-orientational was started with Windows 8-based HP ENVY Rove [June 23, 2013], using Intel® Core™ i3-4010U and now selling for $980.

Detailed information on this blog about the new direction set up for HP Enterprise (quite extensive and deep):

* Note here that as of now Microsoft Windows Server is not available (even the upcoming Windows Server 10 for “the Future of the datacenter from Microsoft“) on the emerging 64-bit ARM. See: Intel: ARM Server Competition ‘Imminent,’ But Not Yet There, Says MKM [Barrons.com, Oct 2, 2014], in which the current state characterized as:

ARM highlighted progress in servers by citing two data center end-customers (sharing the stage with Sandia Labs but not Paypal) that use HP blades for their Moonshot server chassis based on 64-bit Applied Micro (AMCC, NR, $6.90) and 32-bit Texas Instruments silicon.

HP Moonshot program and the 1st 64-bit ARM server (ARM TechCon 2014, Oct 1-3)

HP’s ARM-powered ProLiant m400 (Moonshot) is ready for DDR4 [ARM Connected Community, Oct 8, 2014]

AppliedMicro and Hewlett-Packard recently introduced the first commercially-available 64-bit ARMv8  server. Dubbed the ProLiant m400, the cartridge is specifically designed to fit HP’s Moonshot server framework. The new server – targeted at web caching workloads  – is based on AppliedMicro’s X-Gene System-on-a-Chip  (SoC) and runs Canonical’s versatile Ubuntu operating system.

… One of the key advantages of the X-Gene based m400? The doubling of addressable memory to 64GB per cartridge. … “You put 10 of these enclosures in a rack and you have 3,600 cores and 28 TB of memory to hook together to run a distributed application,” … “The m400 node burns about 55 watts with all of its components on the board, so a rack is in the neighborhood of 25 kilowatts across 450 nodes.” …

Loren Shalinsky, a Strategic Development Director at Rambus, points out that each ProLiant m400 cartridge is actually a fully contained server with its own dedicated memory, which, in the default launch version, carries a payload of DDR3L DIMMs.

“However, future generations of the cartridges can be upgraded from DDR3 to DDR4, without affecting the other cartridges in the rack. This should allow for even higher memory bandwidth and lower power consumption,” he added. “Our expectation is that DDR4 will ramp on the server side – both in terms of x86  and ARM – before finding its way into desktop PCs, laptops and consumer applications like digital TVs and set-top boxes.”

As we’ve previously discussed on Rambus Press , DDR4 memory delivers a 40-50 percent increase in bandwidth, along with a 35 percent reduction in power consumption compared to DDR3 memory, currently in servers. In addition, internal data transfers are faster with DDR4 , while in-memory applications such as databases – where a significant amount of processing takes place in DRAM – are expected to benefit as well.

Compare the above to what was written in Choosing chips for next-generation datacentres [ComputerWeekly.com, Sept 22, 2014]:

HP CEO Meg Whitman has high hopes for the company’s Moonshot low-energy server family as a differentiator in the commodity server market. Moonshot is based on Intel Atom and AMD Opteron system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors, optimised for desktop virtualisation and web content delivery applications. These servers can run Windows Server 2012 R2 or Red Hat, Canonical or Suse Linux distributions.

Semiconductor companies Cavium and Applied Micro are taking two different approaches to the ARM microserver market. Cavium is specialising in low-powered cores, while Applied Micro is taking a high-performance computing (HPC) approach.

AMD is building its chips based on the ARM Cortex-A57 core. … Servers with AMD’s Seattle [Opteron A-Series] ARM-based chip are not expected to ship until mid-2015.

Note here as well that AMD’s Seattle, i.e. Opteron A-Series strategy is also serving the company’s own dense server infrastructure strategy (going against HP’s Moonshot fabric solution) as described here earlier in AMD’s dense server strategy of mixing next-gen x86 Opterons with 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 based Opterons on the SeaMicro Freedom™ fabric to disrupt the 2014 datacenter market using open source software (so far) [Dec 31, 2014 – Jan 28, 2014] post.

“HP has supported ARM’s standardization effort since its inception, recognizing the benefits of an extensible platform with value-added features,” said Dong Wei, HP fellow. “With the new SBSA specification [Server Base System Architecture from ARM], we are able to establish a simplified baseline for deploying ARM-based solutions and look forward to future HP [server] products based on the ARM architecture.”



The ultimate ultrabooks/notebooks and 2-in-1 hybrids/detachables with the upcoming Intel Core M processors

What is presented below it is an incredible advance versus that of one a half year ago. For comparison see my earlier Saving Intel: next-gen Intel ultrabooks for enterprise and professional markets from $500; next-gen Intel notebooks, other value devices and tablets for entry level computing and consumer markets from $300 [this same blog, April 17, 2013] post. Note as well that with Core M Intel is able to differentiate its enterprise offerings from the consumer ones, as the latter could be mainly represented by products like in ASUS EeePC revival with the $199/€199 EeeBook X205 at IFA 2014: the Chromebooks alternative based on Windows 8.1 with Bing [this same blog, Sept 6, 2014].


See also the report about IDF 2014 PC Mega Session: 2-in-1s to Rule Mobile, Wireless Everything Coming Soon [Tom’s Hardware US, Sept 10, 2014]


They are of the fanless design! So it is time—says Intel—to upgrade your aging PCs to these business-ready touch devices built on the latest Intel Core processors and Windows 8.1:

Touch business-grade performance [Intel YouTube channel, Sept 4, 2014]

Refresh your aging PCs with new business-ready touch devices with Intel Inside®. Give users the features and performance they want while unleashing the productivity of touch. Users expect the mobility and instant touch access they enjoy at home in their workplace. From 2in1s to tablets to all-in-one PCs, an expanding range of business-ready Intel® architecture-based devices provide the right touch device for different worker needs along with the security, manageability, and compatibility IT requires.

For small businesses a special business app bundle from Intel (already available with selected business tablets) is also providing an immediate opportunity to boost productivity:

Intel Business Apps [Intel YouTube channel, Sept 8, 2014]

Chip Shot: Intel Business App Portfolio Now on Windows OS and Intel® Core™ M Processor-based Devices [News story on Intel Newsroom, Sept 5, 2014]

The Intel® Business App Portfolio, a collection of useful business apps to boost productivity and enhance security of small businesses, is now available on the latest Intel-based tablets and 2 in 1 devices running the Windows OS. And, with the app bundle on some of the newest devices powered by Intel® Core™ M processors, users will realize additional benefits with up to 8 hours of battery life with full HD display and up to 50 percent faster CPU performance. Previously offered only on Intel-based tablets running the Android OS, the mobile app bundle includes special offers—valued at more than $250—and is now available with the following Windows apps:

AirWatch, Calc Pro HD, CamCard, Dictionary, DocuSign, Drawboard PDF, McAfee Anti-Virus Plus, Microsoft Office 365 Business, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, SpeechTrans and Splashtop Business.

It is available for free by purchasing a qualifying device from Intel® Technology Provider members in North America, Latin America and Europe or through Amazon.com (in the U.S. and Canada). Visit www.intel.com/businessapps to learn more.


Chip Shot: Intel Releases Mobile App Bundle for Business Tablets [News story on Intel Newsroom, Aug 4, 2014]

Intel® Business App Portfolio is now available for select tablets based on Intel® processors and Android. Intel has bundled a collection of top business apps that include Evernote, ooVoo, Dropbox, McAfee, DocuSign and others, to turn tablets into enhanced productivity tools for workers. With the app bundle, an employee can easily create and share documents and presentations; video conference; access company files in the cloud or a remote PC; guard sensitive data from viruses; and capture images and signatures for business contracts. At an estimated value over $250, the portfolio is a cost-effective solution that meets the needs and budgets of small businesses worldwide to accelerate achieving goals of improving customer interactions and sales growth. The app bundle is available for free by purchasing a qualifying tablet from Intel® Technology Partner members in North America, Latin America and Europe or through Amazon.com (in the U.S. and Canada).


The categories in Intel® Business App Portfolio (for small businesses) as of Sept 9, 2014:

  Windows Android
Access OneDrive1
Splashtop Business2 
Splashtop Business2  
Assist Calc Pro HD3
SpeechTrans Ultimate5 

SpeechTrans Ultimate5
Capture CamCard6 
Drawboard PDF8  
ABBYY Business Card Reader13 


Connect Skype9  ooV0015 
Create Office 365 Business1 
WPS Office17 
Protect AirWatch10
McAfee Antivirus Plus11 
McAfee Antivirus Plus11  
For Windows:
1  Special Offer: Coming October 1, 2014 to the Intel® Business App Portfolio! Receive 15% off a 1-year paid subscription to Office 365 Business, which includes the familiar and powerful Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook applications, as well as cloud storage with OneDrive! ($23 USD value) 
2  Special Offer: 2-month subscription of Splashtop Business ($10 Value) 
3  Special Offer: Receive 60% off the Full Version of the Calc Pro HD (just $2.99) when you redeem this special offer. 
4  Special Offer: Receive the Dictionary app from Farlex, Inc. for free ($1.99 USD value) 
5  Special Offer: One year of SpeechTrans Ultimate ($24 USD value)  
6  Special Offer: Extend CamCard free trial from 6 months to 12 months with promo code! ($5 USD value) 
7  Special Offer: Special 20% discount on a DocuSign annual subscription (up to a $72 USD value) 
8  Special Offer: A one-year extended trial of Drawboard PDF 
9  Special Offer: Three months of unlimited calling for free!. That means, in addition to making free Skype to Skype calls, you can also call offline contacts on their mobiles and landlines. 
10  Special Offer: 30-day trial with a consultation from a member of dedicated Airwatch SMB account team.
11  Special Offer: 1-year McAfee Antivirus Plus subscription ($35 USD value)
Android specific apps only:
12  Special Offer: 14-day free trial of Dropbox for Business
13  Special Offer: Receive Serial Number and download instructions for the full, premium version of ABBYY Business Card Reader.
14  Special Offer: Receive 3-months Premium service and lifetime paid [CamScanner] app features (totals $20) upon sign-up
15  Special Offer: One-year of ooVoo Video Conferencing Service
16  Special Offer: Activation code to upgrade PrintHand to Premium Mode.
17  Special Offer: While we highly recommend you utilize [MS Office compatible] WPS Office for your office document needs on your Android device, the application is free to use so there is no promotional offer available at this time.
18  Special Offer: While we highly recommend you utilize Evernote for your note taking needs on your Android device, the application is free to use so there is no promotional offer at this time.
19  Special Offer: 30-day trial of the Swype keyboard & dictation.

Mobile Devices (Intel based 2 in 1s and tablets) for the Intel® Business App Portfolio as of Sept 9, 2014:

Windows Android
Acer Iconia A1-830 (7.9”, Z2560)

ASUS MeMO Pad (10.1”, Z2560)

Dell Venue 7 (7”, Z2560)

ASUS Transformer Book* T100 (10.1”, Z3740)
Dell Venue 8 Pro (8”, Z3740D)
HP ElitePad 1000 G2 (10.1”, Z3795)
Microsoft Surface Pro *3 (10”, Core i5/i7)
Samsung Galaxy Tab* 3 (10.1”, Z2560)

Acer Iconia A1-830
(7.9”, Z2560)
(10.1”, Z2560)
Dell Venue 7
(7”, Z2560)

Samsung Galaxy Tab* 3 (10.1”, Z2560)

Atom Z2560 (Q2’13): Clover Trail+ platform
Atom Z3740, Z3740D, Z3795 (Q3’13 and Q1’14): Bay Trail-T Type 4 platform 

Computex 2014: What’s next for Intel: Cheaper 4K, new Core M chip and 3D cameras [Network World YouTube channel, June 5, 2014]

From Kirk Skaugen’s keynote presentation in June 2014. The full presentation you could see in the end of this blog post.

Intel® 14 nm Technology [an Intel Silicon Innovations page as of Sept 9, 2014]

Ultra-fast, energy-sipping devices powered by Intel
Supporting a wide range of products from mobile devices to servers, 14 nm transistors improve performance and reduce leakage power. Intel’s 14 nm technology will be used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices, and products for the Internet of Things. The first systems based on the Intel® Core™ M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015. Additional products based on 14 nm process technology will be introduced in the coming months.
imageUsing 2nd generation 3-D tri-gate transistors, the 14 nm technology delivers industry-leading performance, power, density, and cost per transistor, and will be used to manufacture a wide range of products, from high performance to low power.
Smaller is better
imageIntel’s 14 nm technology provides good dimensional scaling from 22 nm. The transistor fins are taller, thinner, and more closely spaced for improved density and lower capacitance. Improved transistors require fewer fins further improving density, and the SRAM cell size is almost half the area of that in 22 nm.
14 nm manufacturing
Intel’s 14 nm process and lead system-on-a-chip (SoC) product are now qualified and in volume production, with fabs in Oregon (2014), Arizona (2014), and Ireland (2015).

Microscopic Mark Bohr: Intel 14nm Processors Explained [Intel YouTube channel, Aug 11, 2014]

Mark is still following the seemingly never-ending path of Moore’s Law. We catch up with him this time for an explanation of Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process. See the first video in this series, 22nm explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkMaQJSyP8 Learn more about Moore’s Law and Intel’s History: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/history/museum-gordon-moore-law.html

Intel® Core™ M Processor [an Intel Core Processors page as of Sept 9, 2014]

Versatile, Mobile, Blazing Fast

Intel® Core™ M and Intel® Core™ M vPro™ processors

With the world’s first processors built on 14 nm manufacturing process technology, PC performance is now possible within a range of ultra-mobile 2 in 1 devices. Blazing fast speed combined with the highest level of energy efficiency in Intel’s history enables razor-thin, fanless designs that meet your needs for both performance and mobility. The Intel® Core™ M vPro™ processor provides additional built-in security features1 to deliver the perfect combination of business-class performance and battery life to keep you productive longer no matter where you are. For small businesses, the Intel® Core™ M processor provides an optimal combination of business-class performance and battery life, so your employees have the power to stay productive longer, no matter where they work. Free yourself from carrying multiple devices and get the best of both worlds in a 2 in 1 device with the conflict-free Intel Core M and Intel Core M vPro processors.

Product Brief:  PreviewDownload
Datasheet, volume 1:  PreviewDownload
Datasheet, volume 2:  PreviewDownload
Specification update:  PreviewDownload

IFA 2014: Intel presents new Core M Processors [allroundpc Youtube channel, Sept 5, 2014]

Intel presents it all new mobile processors at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The new Intel Core M processors are specifically made for mobile devices and are supposed to bring a lot of power while consuming less energy than previous models. More information under: http://www.allround-pc.com/news/2014/intel-core-m-koennen-die-cpus?preview=true&preview_id=80031&preview_nonce=bfdc570414

See also:
Intel® Core™ M Processor for Small Business
Products (Formerly Broadwell),
Fact Sheet: Intel® Core™ M Processor – Razor-thin Laptop Meets Ultra-fast Tablet


New Intel® Core™ M Processor Enables Razor-thin, Fanless Designs with the Optimal Blend of Beauty, Performance and Battery Life; Available Holiday 2014 [IFA 2014 press release, Sept 5, 2014]


  • Acer*, ASUS*, Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and Toshiba* to introduce new Intel® Core™ M processor-based 2 in 1s. Some systems available starting in October.
  • Intel Core M processor delivers amazing performance and battery life for the thinnest, fanless 2 in 1 devices.
  • At a power-sipping 4.5 watts, it is the most energy-efficient Intel® Core™ processor in the company’s history.1

IFA, Berlin, Sept. 5, 2014 – At IFA, a global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, Intel launched the new Intel® Core™ M processor, which will power new 2 in 1 devices from a variety of manufacturers including: Acer*, ASUS*, Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and Toshiba*. Delivering the optimal blend of mobility and performance, Intel’s new processor was purpose-built for amazing performance in the thinnest, fanless ultra-mobile devices. The Intel Core M processor can power razor-thin devices with Intel Core processor-level performance and deliver up to double the battery life when compared to a 4-year-old system.2

“We’ve been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of personal computing at Intel Corporation. “The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world’s thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 in 1 device.”

Faster Performance, Even More Battery Life
The Intel Core M processor enables up to 50 percent faster compute performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance versus the comparable, previous 4th generation Intel Core processor.3 Consumers with older PCs will notice a more significant performance improvement. The Intel Core M processor delivers up to two times the compute performance and up to seven times better graphics compared to a 4- year-old PC, for example.2

In 2013, Intel delivered the biggest generation-over-generation battery life improvement in the company’s history. The Intel Core M processor and platform power reductions raise the bar on battery life even higher. The Intel Core M processor can handle more than 8 hours of video play, which is up to 20 percent (1.7 hours) longer battery life versus the previous-generation Intel Core processor4 and double the battery life of the average 4-year-old PC.1

Thin, Fanless 2 in 1s Available for Holiday 2014…and Beyond
The Intel Core M processor package is 50 percent smaller and, at 4.5 watts, has 60 percent lower thermal power than the previous generation.5 This lets OEMs design sleek, fanless systems less than 9 mm thin – thinner than an AAA battery and today’s sleekest laptops. There are already more than 20 Intel Core M processor-based OEM products in the development pipeline. The first systems based on the Intel Core M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season.

At IFA, manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo unveiled new, coming-soon Intel Core M processor-based devices across a range of sizes, styles and price points.

  • In Q4, Acer will expand its popular 2-in-1 series of notebooks with the Aspire Switch 12*, featuring a 12.5-inch FHD display with unique kickstand and magnet keyboard to move smoothly between five modes.
  • ASUS introduced the ASUS Zenbook UX305*, an incredibly light and thin Ultrabook™ with a 13-inch QHD display
    Asus unveiled the UX305, its newest flagship laptop at IFA 2014 this week. The device, it claims, is the world’s thinnest 13-in QHD+ ultrabook, giving it one of the highest pixel densities of any computers on the market. It faces competition from the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the Samsung ATIV Book 9 as well as the Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display, although we expect vendors to refresh their current thin-and-light laptop range very soon. At only 12.3mm thick and weighing 1.2Kg, it is light enough to be carried comfortably with one hand. Its specification sheet lists an Intel Core M processor (the 5Y10), Windows 8.1, 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3 memory, either 128GB or 256GB SSD, an Intel HD Graphics 5300 subsystem, a webcam and a 6-cell, 45Whr battery. As for connectivity, it has three USB ports, one mini-HDMI output and a SD card reader.

    and the ASUS Transformer Book T300FA* 2 in 1, which was unveiled during the Intel keynote. The Transformer Book T300FA is a high-performance 2 in 1 and is expected to be available in Europe this fall for an estimated €599. Looking ahead, ASUS plans to go even thinner with the ASUS Transformer T300 Chi*.

  • Dell has announced its first commercial 2 in 1, the Latitude 13 7000 Series*, which combines a lightweight business Ultrabook and a detachable tablet in one powerful, no-compromise device.
  • HP further extends its award-winning ENVY portfolio with the addition of two new HP ENVY x2* detachable PCs, available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch form factors.
  • The new [11.6”] Lenovo ThinkPad Helix*, available in October, is 12 percent lighter and measures 15 percent thinner than its predecessor while packing even more power thanks to the Intel Core M processor.
    [From Lenovo on Sept 4 with the VP PCG Marketing & Design, Dilip Bhatia: “the most complete 2-in-1 in the marketplace”] The ThinkPad Helix is the industry’s leading 2-in-1 device. Powered by the latest Intel Core processor family, sporting a new revolutionary fan less design and up to 12 hours of battery life. Built for business, the ThinkPad Helix. Learn more about Lenovo: http://lnv.gy/lenovo
    [From Lenovo on Sept 4 with the product manager for ThinkPad Helix, Sachin Pathak: “specific focus on productivity in business … in line with Lenovo’s multimode strategy to 4 earlier modes now a new desktop mode has been added … etc. –> for ‘full PC connectivity’ ultimately satisfying the ‘business traveller’ ”] Join Kevin Beck for the First Look at the new Think Helix. Lots of awesome new features, including an innovative new fanless design, up to 12 hours of battery life and plenty more surprises. Learn more about Lenovo: http://lnv.gy/lenovo

Intel also previewed a forthcoming Intel Core M processor-based design from Toshiba, and said broader availability of Intel Core M processor-based devices is expected in the first half of next year.

To further system choice and availability, Intel said it is working with ODMs including Wistron* and others. Wistron plans an Intel Core M processor-based design inspired by the Intel “Llama Mountain” reference device. Intel first unveiled the stunning, fanless Llama Mountain reference device, which measures 7.2 mm thin and weighs a mere 670 grams, at Computex in Taiwan earlier this year.

Intel Core M “Broadwell-Y” 2-in-1 Tablet / Ultrabook Reference Design hands on at Computex 2014 http://www.mobilegeeks.com http://www.mobilegeeks.de We got to quickly check out Intel’s new reference design für “Broadwell-Y” based Intel Core M ultrabooks and 2-in-1 tablet style devices. It’s called “Llama Mountain 2” and has a 12,5 inch QHD IPS display with 2560×1440 pixels. The device is only 7,5 millimeters thin and weighs in under 800 grams. It shows what to expect from this years 2-in-1 devices coming in from Intels many hardware partners in the run up to the holiday shopping season!

A “Conflict-Free” Processor; Additional Features
Intel Core M is a “conflict-free” product, which means this product does not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.

The Intel Core M processor is available in several versions: the up to 2.0 GHz Intel Core M-5Y10/5Y10a processors and the up to 2.6 GHz Intel Core M-5Y70 processor. The Core M-5Y70 is the highest performing Intel Core M processor and is also available with Intel® vPro™ technology for business 2 in 1s with built-in security features to help protect data, user identities and network access.6

Additional Intel Core M platform features include support for high-quality audio, Intel® Wireless Display 5.0, Intel’s second-generation 802.11ac products and will evolve to support wireless docking with WiGig from Intel. For more information visit:www.intel.com.

1Energy efficiency based on SPEC CPU2006 Intel estimates for both performance and core power. Comparison made vs. Intel prior generation Intel Core family CPU Processors.
2Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor (up to 2.60GHz, 4T/2C, 4M Cache) vs. Normalized to a 4-year-old PC with Intel® Core™ i5-520UM. Performance based on SYSmark* 2014. Intel® Core™ M 5Y70 compared to Intel® Core™ i5-520UM. Weight based on Intel® Core™ M processor-based 2 in 1 based on Intel® FFRD Llama Mountain. Old PC is OEM laptop with Intel® Core™ i5-520UM and 62WHr battery, 3 lbs weight, 1.1-inch thick.
3Up to 50 percent faster vs. 4th generation Intel Core processors based on: Specfp_rate_base 2006 comparing Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor compared to previous-generation Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y at 4.5W. Up to 40 percent faster graphics vs. 4th generation Intel Core processors based on: 3D Mark Ice Storm comparing Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor with Intel HD graphics 5300 vs. Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y at 4.5W with HD Graphics 4200.
4Intel Core M battery life tested vs. 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor based platforms – 11.6-inch panel; 19×10; 200 nits; 35WHr battery; SSD; 4GB memory. Full HD Local Video Playback Battery Rundown-measured using a Tears of Steel 1080p 10 Mbps video. Configuration: In the device settings, disable all radios. Disable Intel® Display Power Saving Technology (Intel® DPST), set up the system to specified screen brightness using a full screen white background, and re-enable Intel DPST. Turn OFF the adaptive brightness setting under Power Options in Control Panel. Set “Dim the display” to never on both battery and AC. Set “Put the computer to sleep” to never on both battery and AC. Wait 15 minutes after boot. Launch the default video player (Windows* 8.1 Style UI video player for win), start the workload video in a loop, and disconnect the AC plug to start the test. Measure the time until battery is exhausted.
54th generation Intel® CoreTM Processor (40 X 24 X 1.5 mm; 960 mm; 11.5W) vs. Intel® Core™ M processor (30 X 16.5 X 1.05 mm; 495 mm; 4.5W)
6No computer system can provide absolute security. Requires an enabled Intel processor, enabled chipset, firmware and/or software optimized to use the technologies. Consult your system manufacturer and/or software vendor for more information.

Intel Mobility at Computex 2014 with Core-M, WiGig, RealSense [Steve Paine YouTube channel, June 10, 2014]
under Kirk Skaugen –> [46:23]:
>>> Reinvention of the Desktop
>>> 2 in 1 Momentum and the Intel Core M Processor
>>> User Experience at Intel
– then under Herman Eul –> [1:20:38]
>>> The Year of Intel Inside Your Tablet
>>> Powerful Smartphones

From Computex 2014 this Intel mobility keynote is a must-watch for anyone that’s interested in mobile PCs in 2014 and 2015. Intel presents the 10-inch Llama Mountain reference design at 6.8mm thick. Intel also promises to make a completely wireless 2-in-1 and Ultrabook reference design in the post-Broadwell phase that uses WiGig to remove ports. Also includes some great RealSense demos, WiDi products, 20W wireless charging and a live video beautifying demo.

ASUS EeePC revival with the $199/€199 EeeBook X205 at IFA 2014: the Chromebooks alternative based on Windows 8.1 with Bing

To be available in the U.S. and Europe starting in November. Plus information about:
– InstantGo (previously known at Connected Standby) from Microsoft aimed to bring smartphone-type power management capabilities to the PC platform, as well as increasing physical security,
– InstantGo combined with ICS (Internet Connection Sharing commonly referred to as tethering) for Connected Standby Hotspot funcionality, and
– touch gestures in Windows 8.1 supported by Smart Gesture technology of the X205 touchpad that is 36% larger compared to the ones found on the 14-inch ASUS laptop models.

Also compare with The growing Chromebook challenge for Windows laptops: promises from Google I/O are getting realized with new Chromebooks introduced at IFA 2014 post of mine as of September 5, 2014.

Information still to come (by November):
– monetization by Microsoft on the back end with Bing integration as well as MS services attach (as just mentioned by Satya Nadella on MSFT July 25 Earnings Conference Call)

See also my already existing posts about Intel Bay Trail-T, especially the Intel CTE initiative: Bay Trail-Entry V0 (Z3735E and Z3735D) SoCs are shipping next week in $129 Onda (昂达) V819i Android tablets—Bay Trail-Entry V2.1 (Z3735G and Z3735F) SoCs might ship in $60+ Windows 8.1 tablets from Emdoor Digital (亿道) in the 3d quarter of April 11, 2014. See also PadNews articles on Type 3 Z3735 (Bay Trail-Entry V2.1) based tablets (i.e. the same SoCs to be used in EeeBook X205):
– Z3735G (http://www.padnews.cn/?tag=Z3735G) and
– Z3735F (http://www.padnews.cn/?tag=Z3735F)


ASUS EeeBook X205 199 Euro Laptop Hands on [Steve Paine YouTube channel] with Intel’s Bay Trail-T (i.e. tablet) platform

http://umpcportal.com for more. This is the ASUS EeeBook X205 a 199 Euro laptop based on Z3000-series running Windows 8 with Bing. The model shown here has 1GB and Z3735G but other models are said to have 2GB RAM.

From ASUS Sep 3, 2014 press release:

EeeBook X205, chic and compact

EeeBook X205 is an affordable, chic and compact 11.6-inch laptop that weighs less than 1kg and is designed for on-the-go students and young professionals. Powered by Windows 8.1 with Bing — for maximum application compatibility — EeeBook X205 offers users a convenient smartphone-like experience, thanks to its use of Connected Standby technology. Connected Standby enables almost-instant resume from sleep mode and gives users an enhanced internet experience, as they are always connected to all their social apps and email — even when X205 is in standby mode. Available in four distinctive colors — black, white, gold and red — EeeBook X205 is designed with smooth curves and tactile surfaces to make it the ideal take-anywhere laptop.

ASUS EeeBook X205 Hands On – $199 Netbook unveiled at IFA 2014 [Mobilegeeks.de YouTube channel, Sept 3, 2014]

ASUS EeeBook X205 http://www.mobilegeeks.com The ASUS EeeBook X205 is 11.6 inches with an Intel Atom Z3735 is based on the Bay Trail-T architecture and is backed by 2GB of RAM and either 32G or 64GB of storage. Connectivity includes 2 USB 2.0, a Micro HDMI port, audio jack, microSD card slot plus WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Don’t gorget to check out our coverage of the ASUS EeeBook X205 here: http://www.mobilegeeks.com/asus-zenbook-ux305-hands-video-ifa-2014/

ASUS announces the EeeBook X205 at IFA 2014 by Brandon LeBlanc [Blogging Windows, Sept 3, 2014]

Today at IFA 2014, ASUS has announced the EeeBook X205 – an affordable 11.6-inch laptop with Windows 8.1 with Bing priced at just $199 (U.S.). The EeeBook X205 comes powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor and features InstantGo (previously known at Connected Standby) giving it an almost-instant resume from sleep mode with up 8 hours [up to 12-hours of web browsing see below] of battery life. It’ll run Microsoft Office smoothly as well as other desktop apps and apps from the Windows Store.

The EeeBook X205 has a compact and ergonomic design for people constantly on-the-go – like students for example. It weighs less than 1kg and has a full-size, one-piece seamless chiclet keyboard with 1.6mm of key travel for comfortable typing. It also has a 36% larger touchpad compared to the ones found on the 14-inch ASUS laptop models. And the touchpad uses Smart Gesture technology that supports touch gestures in Windows 8.1.

The EeeBook X205 will come in four colors – black, white, gold, and red – and available in the U.S. and Europe starting in November.

ASUS EeeBook X205TA [product page]

Easy to Learn, Work and Play.

  • ASUS EeeBook X205-blackWindows 8.1 with Bing
  • Weighs 980g with compact, space-saving design that fits in a small suitcase and carry bag.
  • 12 hours of battery life* for an Always On Always Connected experience
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing provides 100% capability with software and peripherals compares to other OS.

*Disclamer: 12-hours of web browsing

EeeBookX205 is an affordable, chic and compact 11.6-inch laptop that weighs less than 1kg and is designed for on-the-go students and young professionals. Windows 8.1 with Bing gives EeeBook X205 maximum application compatibility; while Connected Standby technology gives users a smartphone-like computing experience.This enables almost-instant resume from sleep mode and gives users an enhanced internet experience, as Connected Standby means they are always connected to all their social apps and email, even when X205 is in standby mode. Available in four distinctive colors — black, white, gold and red — EeeBook X205 is designed with smooth curves and tactile surfaces to make it the ideal take-anywhere laptop.

ASUS EeeBook X205-colors



Quad core Intel® Atom™ Bay Trail-T Z3735 processor running at up to 1.83GHz


11.6-inch LED backlit HD (1,366 x 768)
High-contrast gloss finish

Operating System

Windows 8.1 with Bing


eMMC 32/64GB
115GB Microsoft OneDrive free for 2 years (15GB for life)
500GB ASUS WebStorage free for 2 years




802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0


2x USB 2.0
Micro HDMI out
1x 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack
Micro SD card slot (SDXC, up to 64GB)


Front-facing VGA


2x 2W high-quality stereo speakers
High quality microphone


38Wh, 12 hours for web browsing


286 x 193.3 x 17.5mm




Black, White, Red and Gold

We should note here that the Bay Trail SoCs for the EeeBook X205 are the specifically developed ones according to the following Intel slide:

1 MRD7 and MRD8/10 are Android* only. Windows is for selected ODMs with committed volume.

A significant SoC and PCB cost reduction effort (with design for “China Technical Ecosystem”) is lying behind those, so called Bay Trail Entry Z3735F/G products:

The original Windows capable Bay Trail-T already used in tablets since Oct’131: The Bay Trail-Entry version of Bay Trail-T specifically designed for heavy PCB cost reduction (used in X205):
– Z3745D (1.83 GHz, 25×16 LCD)
with DDR3L, and 8L2 HDI3 (Type4 packaged SoC based) PCBs

1 Dell Venue 8 Pro ($299+, now $249+)
2 8L PCB = 8-layer Printed Circuit Board;
3 HDIHigh Density Interconnects (aka Type 4 packaging) PCBs are utilizing blind, buried or microvia technologies.

– Z3735F (1.83GHz, <=2GB, <=19×12 LCD)
– Z3735G (1.83GHz, 1GB, <=12×8 LCD)
both with DDR3L, and 6L4 Type 3 packaged SoC based PCBs

4 6L PCB = 6-layer Printed Circuit Board
+ New PMIC for higher integration

In broad respects see the latest Z3735E, Z3735D, Z3735F, Z3735G comparison table of Sept 6, 2014, and in the most specific form the below table (taken from Z3600 and Z3700 Series Datasheet as of April 2014 when Type 3 SoC related information was added):


From MSFT Earnings Conference Call [July 22, 2014]

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer:

We feel good about the progress we are making with Windows. Developed markets continue to show stability, and we’re encouraged by the initial response from OEMs to our new consumer offerings like Windows with Bing.

In April, we released an update to Windows 8.1. To start, we improved the core desktop experience with mouse and keyboard advancements. For enterprises, we released Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode and extended our mobile device management capability. With the Windows 8.1 update, we also lowered the hardware spec required so OEMs can build tablets and clamshells at lower price points.

In addition, we made the decision to evolve the Windows business model. Now, Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches. We also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. This new offering combined with lower hardware specs means OEMs will bring a fantastic line-up of value-based notebooks and tablets to market this holiday.

We will have our OEM monetization, and some of these new business models are about monetizing on the back end with Bing integration as well as our services attach, and that’s the reason fundamentally why we have these zero priced Windows SKUs today.

Windows 8.1 with Bing for OEMs [April 2, 2014]

The Windows 8.1 with Bing edition sets Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. Users will be able to manually change default search settings and install additional browsers of their choice.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is based on the feature set available in Windows 8.1 Core and incudes all of the latest updates, including Windows 8.1 Update. Windows 8.1 with Bing is available for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

What’s new for OEMs?

Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition. However, OEMs will not be able to change the default search engine with the SearchScopes unattend setting, Registry key, or 3rd party installation tools. When a user starts Internet Explorer, Bing is automatically set to the default Search Engine and will override any OEM-configured search provider. No other Internet Explorer defaults are changed.

Helping our hardware partners build lower cost Windows devices by Brandon LeBlanc [Blogging Windows, May 23, 2014]

Over the next couple weeks leading into Computex in Taipei, you’re going to see many of our hardware partners announce new Windows devices.

Microsoft was built on the foundation of partner opportunity and our goal remains mutual success for us and our partners. This means a continued commitment to helping ensure our hardware partners are able to build innovative, differentiated and competitive devices on the Windows platform. Over the past year, we have done a lot of work to scale Windows to an even greater number of customers with more partners and new devices at a broader range of price points. In 2013, we began to ease our approach to device certification and reduced some hardware component requirements, helping to empower our partners to drive further device differentiation and price competitiveness. And most recently with the Windows 8.1 Update, we are enabling our hardware partners to build lower cost devices with only 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the fast and fluid experience they expect from a Windows device. We also announced that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to our hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9-inches in screen size.

As we move forward, many of these lower cost devices will come with a new edition of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing. Windows 8.1 with Bing provides all the same great experiences that Windows 8.1 offers with the Windows 8.1 Update, and comes with Bing as the default search engine within Internet Explorer. And of course customers will be able to change that setting through the Internet Explorer menu, providing them with control over search engine settings. This new edition will be only be available preloaded on devices from our hardware partners. Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365.

The end result is that more people—across consumer and commercial—will have access to an even broader selection of new devices with all the awesomeness that Windows 8.1 provides, and get Office too, all at a really affordable price. Additionally, as reach expands, the opportunity for developers and their apps also increases.

We’re excited for our partners and the new devices that will be in market soon, and we’ll continue to work closely with our partners deliver innovative and high quality devices based on the Windows experience.

Stay tuned for more as these new devices get announced by our hardware partners over the coming weeks!

InstantGo: a better way to sleep by Kevin A Chin [Blogging Windows, June 19, 2014] (see also the InstantGo article on Wikipedia)

You may have heard about InstantGo in Windows 8.1 (known as Connected Standby in Windows 8 and Windows RT), and how it has replaced the traditional sleep or standby function in many Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 systems. What you might not know is how fundamentally different—and better—it is, and why.

First, let me give you a little background. These days, a lot of modern computing is performed on System on Chip (SoC) designs. These single chips tightly integrate the components for what used to be a complete motherboard, and allow for hardware that is thinner, lighter, and more power efficient. There are SoC designs with processors from both Intel and ARM running Windows.

These innovations in hardware go beyond just extending battery life—they actually make new user experiences possible. InstantGo is a great example of what SoC makes possible: network connectivity with very low power consumption and instant resume capabilities. With the right hardware, whether it’s a Windows powered tablet, or a convertible 2-in-1, it’s always ready for interaction.

What is InstantGo?

InstantGo maintains network connectivity when your screen is off in standby mode, allowing the system to update things in the background, and keeping it ready to instantly resume. For example, it can sync your email while your screen is off so new mail is ready and waiting as soon as you come back. Or if you want to be reachable via Skype even when you step away from your PC, you can go ahead and turn the screen off, and your calls will still come through. Power consumption in this connected standby mode is very low, and yet the system is always ready to spring back to life with your next interaction.

Common misconceptions

We’ve seen some misconceptions about InstantGo out there on the Internet, so I’d like to clear up a few of these. First of all, if your PC doesn’t already have Connected Standby (in Windows 8 or Windows RT) or InstantGo (in Windows 8.x or Windows RT 8.x), you can’t just add it as a feature – as mentioned, it’s built into the hardware and the operating system, and so it’s either there from the beginning or it isn’t. Furthermore, it isn’t limited to a particular processor architecture – it might be present on ARM, x86, and x64 systems. Finally, InstantGo is not just for tablets. You can have it on a 2-in-1 system that looks very much like a traditional laptop. You might even see two systems running the same CPU or SoC architecture, and one of them has InstantGo while the other one doesn’t. It’s really up to the hardware manufacturer to decide which systems they want to design with this capability.

Here’s a summary of the common misconceptions:



InstantGo is a Windows software feature.

InstantGo depends on tight integration between hardware, software (drivers), and operating system to deliver new user experiences.

InstantGo only runs on ARM architecture systems.

InstantGo systems exist for ARM, x86, and x64 architectures.

InstantGo is only useful if I’m connected to a network.

All InstantGo systems allow you to turn the screen on and off almost instantly.

InstantGo is only available on Surface Pro and Surface 2.

Numerous systems support InstantGo. Examples include: Dell Venue Pro 8 , Dell Venue Pro 11, Asus T100TA, ThinkPad Tablet 2, Surface, Surface 2, and more.

InstantGo runs exclusively on Windows RT.

All Windows RT systems support InstantGo. But Windows 8 and Windows 8.x systems with the proper hardware may also support InstantGo.

InstantGo only runs on tablets.

InstantGo systems include tablets, convertibles with docks, and even some laptops.

Do you already have InstantGo?

As InstantGo is not limited to a particular form factor (tablet or laptop), or a particular architecture (ARM, x64, or x86), you might not know if you have it or not. InstantGo requires Windows RT, Windows 8, or any of the updates released after Windows 8, as well as tightly integrated hardware and software. You can see if you have it or not by running the powercfg option from a command prompt. When you type powercfg /a and press Enter, you’ll see the Standby (Connected) option only if you have InstantGo:


After using Windows on an InstantGo system, I’ve come to expect all my computers to have long battery life and still instantly resume from sleep.

For more on InstantGo (known as Connected Standby in Windows 8), see these articles:

In my next blog post, I’ll talk about Sleep Studyan easy way to measure your battery life while in the connected standby state.

Windows 8.1 ICS and InstantGo (Connected Standby Hotspot) [Steve Paine YouTube channel, Oct 17, 2013]

http://umpcportal.com with a 3G-capable, Connected Standby capable Windows 8.1 PC. Demonstration of a hotspot under Connected Standby conditions.

See also:

In Windows 8.1, Internet Sharing, commonly referred to as tethering, has been added to enable users to share their mobile broadband network connection with one or more other devices that are not mobile broadband-capable. Traditional tethering mechanisms include Bluetooth and USB. However, Wi-Fi can provide the fast and easy mobile broadband connection sharing mechanism, such as personal hotspots, mobile hotspots, and so on, since it requires little configuration, enables high-speed data transmission, and relies on the familiar Wi-Fi connection process.
Windows 8.1 extends the Internet sharing capability further by enabling customers to turn on and connect to PCs that have Internet Sharing configured, known as a tethering access point, just as if it was a standard Wi-Fi network.

Sleep Study: Diagnose what’s draining your battery while the system sleeps by Kevin A Chin [Blogging Windows, June 26, 2014]

In my last post, I introduced you to InstantGo (previous to Windows 8.1, we called this Connected Standby), a new power model used on some Windows 8.x systems. InstantGo is a tight integration of software (firmware, drivers, OS) with System on Chip (“SoC”) hardware to provide a sleep mode with long battery life and a connected, instant-on user experience.

In this post, I’d like to introduce you to Sleep Study, a new tool available on Windows 8.x systems with InstantGo that can help you identify sources of battery drain that occurred while the PC was in sleep mode (that is, when the screen was off).

Sleep Study tells you how well the system slept and how much activity it experienced during that time. While in the sleep state, the system is still doing some work, albeit at a lower frequency. Because the resulting battery drain is not easily perceptible (you can’t see it draining), we built the Sleep Study tool in Windows 8.1 to allow you to track what is happening. We thought of simply using traditional logging to do this, but ironically, the logging itself would drain the battery. With this in mind, we designed the Sleep Study tool to minimize its own impact on battery life, while tracking the battery draining activities.

The Sleep Study report

You can use Sleep Study to see which apps and devices are most active during a sleep session. Sleep Study reviews all the sleep sessions longer than 10 minutes and provides you with a report that color codes each session according to its power consumption.  A session is defined as the period from Screen Off to Screen On. In cases when the system is plugged into AC power, the policies are less stringent than when on battery power. While the tool still tracks connected standby activity on AC power, it is more useful to identify unexpected drains on battery, or DC power.

To help you easily identify apps, devices and services with higher power consumption, these are highlighted in red or orange in the report, and represent opportunities to extend your battery life.

In this video, we walk you through a typical Sleep Study report.

[SleepStudy powercfg command for connected standby]

The ASUS EeeBook touchpad uses Smart Gesture technology that supports touch gestures in Windows 8.1: Touch: Swipe, tap, and beyond [Windows Help, Nov 12, 2013]

If you want to know what we mean when we mention swiping, tapping, or other ways of interacting withWindows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 when you’re using a touchscreen, take a look at this table.

What we say

How to do it

What it does



Tap once on an item.

Opens, selects, or activates whatever you tap. Similar to clicking with a mouse.

Press and hold


Press your finger down and hold for about a second.

Shows info to help you learn more about an item or opens a menu specific to what you’re doing. For example, press and hold a tile on the Start screen to rearrange, resize, or pin it. Only works for some items.

Similar to right-clicking with a mouse.

Pinch or stretch to zoom


Touch the screen or an item with two or more fingers, and then move the fingers toward each other (pinch) or away from each other (stretch).

Visually zooms in or out, like with pictures or maps. A good place to explore this is the Start screen.

Slide to scroll


Drag your finger on the screen.

Moves through what’s on the screen. Similar to scrolling with a mouse.

Slide to rearrange


Press and briefly drag an item in the direction opposite the way the page scrolls, then move it wherever you want. (For example, if you would scroll left or right, drag the item up or down.) When you’ve moved the item to the new location, let it go.

Moves an item. Similar to dragging with a mouse.

Swipe to select


Swipe an item with a short, quick movement in the direction opposite the way the page scrolls. For example:

• If the page scrolls left or right, swipe the item up or down to select it.

• If the page scrolls up or down, swipe the item left or right to select it.

Selects an item, and often brings up app commands. A good place to explore this is in the Mail app.

Swipe or slide from the edge


Starting on the edge, either swipe your finger quickly or slide across the screen without lifting your finger.

• Open the charms (Search, Share, Start, Devices, Settings). Swipe in from the right edge.

• Open a recently used app. Swipe in from the left edge. Keep swiping to switch between all of your recently used apps.

• Open another app at the same time. Slide in from the left edge without lifting your finger and drag the app until a divider appears. Then move the app where you want it, and slide the divider to adjust the app size.

• See a list of recently used apps. Slide in from the left edge without lifting your finger, and then push the app back toward the left edge.

• Show commands for the current apps, like New and Refresh. Swipe in from the top or bottom edge.

• Close an app. Slide down from the top edge without lifting your finger, and then drag the app to the bottom of the screen.



Put two or more fingers on an item and then turn your hand.

Rotates items in the direction you turn your hand. Only some items can be rotated

Satya Nadella on “Digital Work and Life Experiences” supported by “Cloud OS” and “Device OS and Hardware” platforms–all from Microsoft

Update: Gates Says He’s Very Happy With Microsoft’s Nadella [Bloomberg TV, Oct 2, 2014] + Bill Gates is trying to make Microsoft Office ‘dramatically better’ [The Verge, Oct 3, 2014]

This is the essence of Microsoft Fiscal Year 2014 Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call(see also the Press Release and Download Files) for me, as the new, extremely encouraging, overall setup of Microsoft in strategic terms (the below table is mine based on what Satya Nadella told on the conference call):


These are extremely encouraging strategic advancements vis–à–vis previously publicized ones here in the following, Microsoft related posts of mine:

I see, however, particularly challenging the continuation of the Lumia story with the above strategy, as with the previous, combined Ballmer/Elop(Nokia) strategy the results were extremely weak:


Worthwhile to include here the videos Bloomberg was publishing simultaneously with Microsoft Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call:

Inside Microsoft’s Secret Surface Labs [Bloomberg News, July 22, 2014]

July 22 (Bloomberg) — When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella defined the future of his company in a memo to his 127,100 employees, he singled out the struggling Surface tablet as key to a future built around the cloud and productivity. Microsoft assembled an elite team of designers, engineers, and programmers to spend years holed up in Redmond, Washington to come up with a tablet to take on Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson got an inside look at the Surface labs.

Will Microsoft Kinect Be a Medical Game-Changer? [Bloomberg News, July 22, 2014]

July 23 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft’s motion detecting camera was thought to be a game changer for the video gaming world when it was launched in 2010. While appetite for it has since decreased, Microsoft sees the technology as vital in its broader offering as it explores other sectors like 3d mapping and live surgery. (Source: Bloomberg

Why Microsoft Puts GPS In Meat For Alligators [Bloomberg News, July 22, 2014]

July 23 (Bloomberg) — At the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, scientists track animals and map climate change all on the off chance they’ll stumble across the next big thing. (Source: Bloomberg)

To this it is important to add: How Pier 1 is using the Microsoft Cloud to build a better relationship with their customers [Microsoft Server and Cloud YouTube channel, July 21, 2014]

In this video, Pier 1 Imports discuss how they are using Microsoft Cloud technologies such as Azure Machine Learning to to predict which the product the customer might want to purchase next, helping to build a better relationship with their customers. Learn more: http://www.azure.com/ml

as well as:
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air 13″ 2014 [CNET YouTube channel, July 21, 2014]

http://cnet.co/1nOygqh Microsoft made a direct comparison between the Surface Pro 3 and the MacBook Air 13″, so we’re throwing them into the Prizefight Ring to settle the score once and for all. Let’s get it on!

Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air (2014) [CTNtechnologynews YouTube channel, July 1, 2014]

The Surface Pro 3 may not be the perfect laptop. But Apple’s MacBook Air is pretty boring. Let’s see which is the better device!

In addition here are some explanatory quotes (for the new overall setup of Microsoft) worth to include here from the Q&A part of Microsoft’s (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella on Q4 2014 Results – Earnings Call Transcript [Seeking Alpha, Jul. 22, 2014 10:59 PM ET]

Mark Moerdler – Sanford Bernstein

Thank you. And Amy one quick question, we saw a significant acceleration this quarter in cloud revenue, or I guess Amy or Satya. You saw acceleration in cloud revenue year-over-year what’s – is this Office for the iPad, is this Azure, what’s driving the acceleration and how long do you think we can keep this going?

Amy Hood

Mark, I will take it and if Satya wants to add, obviously, he should do that. In general, I wouldn’t point to one product area. It was across Office 365, Azure and even CRM online. I think some of the important dynamics that you could point to particularly in Office 365; I really think over the course of the year, we saw an acceleration in moving the product down the market into increasing what we would call the mid-market and even small business at a pace. That’s a particular place I would tie back to some of the things Satya mentioned in the answer to your first question.

Improvements to analytics, improvements to understanding the use scenarios, improving the product in real-time, understanding trial ease of use, ease of sign-up all of these things actually can afford us the ability to go to different categories, go to different geos into different segments. And in addition, I think what you will see more as we initially moved many of our customers to Office 365, it came on one workload. And I think what we’ve increasingly seen is our ability to add more workloads and sell the entirety of the suite through that process. I also mentioned in Azure, our increased ability to sell some of these higher value services. So while, I can speak broadly but all of them, I think I would generally think about the strength of being both completion of our product suite ability to enter new segments and ability to sell new workloads.

Satya Nadella

The only thing I would add is it’s the combination of our SaaS like Dynamics in Office 365, a public cloud offering in Azure. But also our private and hybrid cloud infrastructure which also benefits, because they run on our servers, cloud runs on our servers. So it’s that combination which makes us both unique and reinforcing. And the best example is what we are doing with Azure active directory, the fact that somebody gets on-boarded to Office 365 means that tenant information is in Azure AD that fact that the tenant information is in Azure AD is what makes EMS or our Enterprise Mobility Suite more attractive to a customer manager iOS, Android or Windows devices. That network effect is really now helping us a lot across all of our cloud efforts.

Keith Weiss – Morgan Stanley

Excellent, thank you for the question and a very nice quarter. First, I think to talk a little bit about the growth strategy of Nokia, you guys look to cut expenses pretty aggressively there, but this is – particularly smartphones is a very competitive marketplace, can you tell us a little bit about sort of the strategy to how you actually start to gain share with Lumia on a going forward basis? And may be give us an idea of what levels of share or what levels of kind unit volumes are you going to need to hit to get to that breakeven in FY16?

Satya Nadella

Let me start and Amy you can even add. So overall, we are very focused on I would say thinking about mobility share across the entire Windows family. I already talked about in my remarks about how mobility for us even goes beyond devices, but for this specific question I would even say that, we want to think about mobility not just one form factor of a mobile device because I think that’s where the ultimate price is.

But that said, we are even year-over-year basis seen increased volume for Lumia, it’s coming at the low end in the entry smartphone market and we are pleased with it. It’s come in many markets we now have over 10% that’s the first market I would sort of say that we need to track country-by-country. And the key places where we are going to differentiate is looking at productivity scenarios or the digital work and life scenario that we can light up on our phone in unique ways.

When I can take my Office Lens App use the camera on the phone take a picture of anything and have it automatically OCR recognized and into OneNote in searchable fashion that’s the unique scenario. What we have done with Surface and PPI shows us the way that there is a lot more we can do with phones by broadly thinking about productivity. So this is not about just a Word or Excel on your phone, it is about thinking about Cortana and Office Lens and those kinds of scenarios in compelling ways. And that’s what at the end of the day is going to drive our differentiation and higher end Lumia phones.

Amy Hood

And Keith to answer your specific question, regarding FY16, I think we’ve made the difficult choices to get the cost base to a place where we can deliver, on the exact scenario Satya as outlined, and we do assume that we continue to grow our units through the year and into 2016 in order to get to breakeven.

Rick Sherlund – Nomura

Thanks. I’m wondering if you could talk about the Office for a moment. I’m curious whether you think we’ve seen the worst for Office here with the consumer fall off. In Office 365 growth in margins expanding their – just sort of if you can look through the dynamics and give us a sense, do you think you are actually turned the corner there and we may be seeing the worse in terms of Office growth and margins?

Satya Nadella

Rick, let me just start qualitatively in terms of how I view Office, the category and how it relates to productivity broadly and then I’ll have Amy even specifically talk about margins and what we are seeing in terms of I’m assuming Office renewals is that probably the question. First of all, I believe the category that Office is in, which is productivity broadly for people, the group as well as organization is something that we are investing significantly and seeing significant growth in.

On one end you have new things that we are doing like Cortana. This is for individuals on new form factors like the phones where it’s not about anything that application, but an intelligent agent that knows everything about my calendar, everything about my life and tries to help me with my everyday task.

On the other end, it’s something like Delve which is a completely new tool that’s taking some – what is enterprise search and making it more like the Facebook news feed where it has a graph of all my artifacts, all my people, all my group and uses that graph to give me relevant information and discover. Same thing with Power Q&A and Power BI, it’s a part of Office 365. So we have a pretty expansive view of how we look at Office and what it can do. So that’s the growth strategy and now specifically on Office renewals.

Amy Hood

And I would say in general, let me make two comments. In terms of Office on the consumer side between what we sold on prem as well as the Home and Personal we feel quite good with attach continuing to grow and increasing the value prop. So I think that’s to address the consumer portion.

On the commercial portion, we actually saw Office grow as you said this quarter; I think the broader definition that Satya spoke to the Office value prop and we continued to see Office renewed in our enterprise agreement. So in general, I think I feel like we’re in a growth phase for that franchise.

Walter Pritchard – Citigroup

Hi, thanks. Satya, I wanted to ask you about two statements that you made, one around responsibly making the market for Windows Phone, just kind of following on Keith’s question here. And that’s a – it’s a really competitive market it feels like ultimately you need to be a very, very meaningful share player in that market to have value for developer to leverage the universal apps that you’re talking about in terms of presentations you’ve given and build in and so forth.

And I’m trying to understand how you can do both of those things once and in terms of responsibly making the market for Windows Phone, it feels difficult given your nearest competitors there are doing things that you might argue or irresponsible in terms of making their market given that they monetize it in different ways?

Satya Nadella

Yes. One of beauties of universal Windows app is, it aggregates for the first time for us all of our Windows volume. The fact that even what is an app that runs with a mouse and keyboard on the desktop can be in the store and you can have the same app run in the touch-first on a mobile-first way gives developers the entire volume of Windows which is 300 plus million units as opposed to just our 4% share of mobile in the U.S. or 10% in some country.

So that’s really the reason why we are actively making sure that universal Windows apps is available and developers are taking advantage of it, we have great tooling. Because that’s the way we are going to be able to create the broadest opportunity to your very point about developers getting an ROI for building to Windows. For that’s how I think we will do it in a responsible way.

Heather Bellini – Goldman Sachs

Great. Thank you so much for your time. I wanted to ask a question about – Satya your comments about combining the next version of Windows and to one for all devices and just wondering if you look out, I mean you’ve got kind of different SKU segmentations right now, you’ve got enterprise, you’ve got consumer less than 9 inches for free, the offering that you mentioned earlier that you recently announced. How do we think about when you come out with this one version for all devices, how do you see this changing kind of the go-to-market and also kind of a traditional SKU segmentation and pricing that we’ve seen in the past?

Satya Nadella

Yes. My statement Heather was more to do with just even the engineering approach. The reality is that we actually did not have one Windows; we had multiple Windows operating systems inside of Microsoft. We had one for phone, one for tablets and PCs, one for Xbox, one for even embedded. So we had many, many of these efforts. So now we have one team with the layered architecture that enables us to in fact one for developers bring that collective opportunity with one store, one commerce system, one discoverability mechanism. It also allows us to scale the UI across all screen sizes; it allows us to create this notion of universal Windows apps and being coherent there.

So that’s what more I was referencing and our SKU strategy will remain by segment, we will have multiple SKUs for enterprises, we will have for OEM, we will have for end-users. And so we will – be disclosing and talking about our SKUs as we get further along, but this my statement was more to do with how we are bringing teams together to approach Windows as one ecosystem very differently than we ourselves have done in the past.

Ed Maguire – CLSA

Hi, good afternoon. Satya you made some comments about harmonizing some of the different products across consumer and enterprise and I was curious what your approach is to viewing your different hardware offerings both in phone and with Surface, how you’re go-to-market may change around that and also since you decided to make the operating system for sub 9-inch devices free, how you see the value proposition and your ability to monetize that user base evolving over time?

Satya Nadella

Yes. The statement I made about bringing together our productivity applications across work and life is to really reflect the notion of dual use because when I think about productivity it doesn’t separate out what I use as a tool for communication with my family and what I use to collaborate at work. So that’s why having this one team that thinks about outlook.com as well as Exchange helps us think about those dual use. Same thing with files and OneDrive and OneDrive for business because we want to have the software have the smart about separating out the state carrying about IT control and data protection while me as an end user get to have the experiences that I want. That’s how we are thinking about harmonizing those digital life and work experiences.

On the hardware side, we would continue to build hardware that fits with these experiences if I understand your question right, which is how will be differentiate our first party hardware, we will build first party hardware that’s creating category, a good example is what we have done with Surface Pro 3. And in other places where we have really changed the Windows business model to encourage a plethora of OEMs to build great hardware and we are seeing that in fact in this holiday season, I think you will see a lot of value notebooks, you will see clamshells. So we will have the full price range of our hardware offering enabled by this new windows business model.

And I think the last part was how will we monetize? Of course, we will again have a combination, we will have our OEM monetization and some of these new business models are about monetizing on the backend with Bing integration as well as our services attached and that’s the reason fundamentally why we have these zero-priced Windows SKUs today.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the ultimate tablet product from Microsoft. What the market response will be?

imageWith the jury still out (as one can judge from the value of Microsoft shares – on the right) it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will be able to crack the high-end tablet market with this product.

The Microsoft product site is entitled New Surface Pro 3 Tablet – The Tablet That Can Replace Your Laptop clearly indicating the main positioning of this 3d generation product. See also the press release for additional details, as well as the remarks by Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, and Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Surface, at the press event held in New York City, May 20, 2014. The brief summary video of the event is below, while a full on-demand Webcast is here. There are also several “first impression” type media feedbacks given after the brief video report.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 event in under six minutes [The Verge YouTube channel, May 20, 2014]

“You’ve been told to buy a laptop, but you know you need a laptop.” Though freshly-minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave the opening remarks, today’s Surface event was all about Surface creator Panos Panay — dropping tablets, playing with scales, pushing hinges, and giving more than a few shout-outs to Wall Street Journal editor (and former Verge editor) Joanna Stern. Here’s everything you need to know from the event in under five minutes.

Microsoft Introduces a Larger-Screen Surface Tablet [By SHIRA OVIDE in The Wall Street Journal , May 20, 2014]

First Look: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
[WSJDigitalNetwork YouTube channel, May 20, 2014]

Microsoft tries again to combine the laptop and tablet. WSJ Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern has the first look. Photo/Video: Drew Evans for The Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.18% introduced a larger-screen version of one of its Surface tablet computers, offering a lighter and thinner device that the company cast as a potential successor for laptop PCs.

The software company introduced the new device, called the Surface Pro 3, at an eventTuesday in New York. The device, like prior Pro models in the Surface line, is powered byIntel Corp. INTC 0.00% computer chips. Microsoft said the new version’s display measures 12 inches diagonally, compared with the 10.6-inch screens of existing Surface devices.

Microsoft said the Surface Pro 3 will start at $799 without a keyboard. A keyboard that doubles as a device cover will cost $129.99. The top end of the product line, with the most powerful Intel chip, lists for $1,949 without a keyboard.

At the event Tuesday, Microsoft officials repeatedly compared the Surface Pro 3 with laptop personal computers like AppleInc.‘s MacBook Air, rather than discuss competitors in the tablet market, where Microsoft remains a bit player. The MacBook Air costs $899 and up.

Microsoft’s positioning underscores its troubles in becoming a major competitor in tablets, where price tags of less than $200 have become commonplace for consumer-oriented models. The company’s share of the market was less than 4% last year, according to research firm IDC.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella and other officials stressed what they said were limits of existing tablet computers for activities like writing documents or other work that isn’t Web surfing or reading digital books. They also stressed drawing and note-taking with an upgraded digital-pen accessory that comes with the Surface Pro 3.

“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” Panos Panay, a Microsoft executive working on Surface devices, said about the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft said it would start taking orders Wednesday for the new device.

Steven Sinofsky, a former Microsoft executive who helped spearhead development of the Surface, said Tuesday the Surface Pro 3 “realizes the ‘no compromises’ vision of Surface.”

Dating back to the early 2000s, Microsoft officials have used the expression “no compromises” to describe their vision of a device that combines the best features of tablets and laptops.

Microsoft also has been developing for months a tablet similar to Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad Mini, and some media reports had indicated that device would be announced Tuesday. Smaller tablets accounted for more than half of all tablets sold last year.

In an interview Tuesday, Mr. Panay said Microsoft is “looking at an array of devices. It comes down to what customers need right now.”

He also addressed a different type of Windows software used on more iPad-like tablets, including one model of Surface devices. That operating software, Windows RT, isn’t compatible with many older PC applications or software. Windows RT “is a critical element as well,” Mr. Panay said. “It’s still pumping.”

Some analysts said Tuesday Microsoft was sensible for targeting businesses and workers, rather than consumer applications, with the Surface Pro.

“This is a smart move by Microsoft,” said Patrick Moorhead, president of research firm Moor Insights & Strategy. “Surface Pro 3 is more of a laptop replacement than a device that replaces your seven-to-eight-inch tablet.”

As Microsoft touts the abilities of Surface to replace laptops, it has the potential to anger companies like Dell Inc. that also make tablets and laptops powered by the Windows operating system. At the event, however, Mr. Nadella said Microsoft isn’t trying to compete with its computer-hardware partners.

Some Microsoft investors don’t want Microsoft to make its own computing devices at all. The company incurs a loss on each Surface it sells, and the company’s critics say Microsoft hasn’t made a compelling case for expanding its hardware ambitions.

Microsoft officials, including Mr. Nadella on Tuesday, say homegrown devices like the Surface are the best showcase for Microsoft software like Office, Skype and digital file-storage service OneDrive.

“We are not building hardware for hardware’s sake,” Mr. Nadella said during a brief appearance at the Surface event. “We want to build experiences that bring together all the capabilities of our company.”

Daniel Ives, a Microsoft analyst with FBR Capital Markets, said Surface Pro 3 “appears to be an impressive” device, but he said persuading consumers to buy the Surface “remains a Kilimanjaro-like challenge given intense competition.”

—Joanna Stern contributed to this article.

The most popular “Surface Pro 3” YouTube videos 19 hours after the launch:

Surface Pro 3—The Tablet that Can Replace Your Laptop by surface 19 hours ago  440,030 views
Witness the next evolution of productivity. Introducing the Surface Pro 3, the tablet that can replace your laptop.
Surface Pro 3 hands on at Surface NYC event 
by Windows Phone Central  16 hours ago   26,585 views
We go hands on with the Surface Pro 3 from the Surface NYC event. More details: …
TLDR: My Surface Pro 3 Thoughts  by LockerGnome’s Geek Lifestyles 11 hours ago 3,005 views
Become a patron for bonuses ASAP: http://ChrisPirillo.com/ Patron video bonus today: …
Microsoft Unveils 12-inch Surface Pro 3 Tablet – IGN News  by IGN  16 hours ago  19,373 views
Microsoft has just unveiled its latest Windows-powered tablet: the Surface Pro 3.
CNET Update – Surface Pro 3 aims to replace laptops — and paper  by CNET   15 hours ago   8,526 views
With an improved kickstand, keyboard, and stylus pen, Microsoft says the new Surface solves the productivity problem of tablets.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Hands On | Mashable
by Mashable   16 hours ago     9,936 views
Microsoft’s third-generation Surface Pro 3 aims to be “the tablet that can replace your laptop.” Here’s Mashable’s Pete Pachal and …
This is the Surface Pro 3 (hands-on)
by The Verge    18 hours ago    48,815 views
Dan Seifert takes a hands-on look at Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3, the “tablet that can replace the laptop.”
Surface Pro 3 Hands-on    by Booredatwork.com
15 hours ago      5,288 views
Surface Pro 3 Pre-order link: http://bit.ly/1m07g9M Loot Crate:http://www.lootcrate.com/booredatwork 10% Code “booredatwork” …
Hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
by CNET   14 hours ago     16,412 views
The Surface Pro 3 is a new high-performance Windows 8.1 tablet designed to get rid of the “conflict” between owning a tablet and …
Hands-on with Surface Pro 3    by expertzone
19 hours ago   19,040 views
Ben “The PC Guy” Rudolph goes hands-on with the all-new Surface Pro 3. Faster, thinner, lighter, and with a larger screen, this is …
Surface Pro 3 Launch Reactions & Impressions
by lachlanlikesathing   8 hours ago    864 views
My thoughts on the Surface Pro 3 launch announcement! Surface Pro 2 long term review: http://youtu.be/hlsiNom5a3o Thanks …

Surface Pro 3 — Finally a Tablet that can replace your Laptop?!?  by SourceFed   13 hours ago   61,977 views
The SurfacePro3 was announced today — larger, lighter, and able to stream 4k! Are all the bells and whistles in the SurfacePro3 …
Surface Pro 3 Hands On    by Geek.com
16 hours ago     2,523 views
Microsoft has a made a splash today with an all new Surface Pro, which is a 12-inch device that manages to be thinner, lighter, …
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Hands-On   by laptopmag
13 hours ago    2,519 views
We go hands-on with Microsoft’s latest hybrid tablet and give you an overview of the design, specs, and price. For more coverage …
Microsoft reveals thinner, faster Surface Pro 3 tablet
by CNET   17 hours ago   13,905 views
Microsoft’s Panos Panay shows off the company’s latest tablet at a press event in New York City. The new 12-inch tablet weighs …
Surface Pro 3 Unboxing , Hands On , and First Impression Review  by Sean Ong   6 hours ago  326 views      In this video I do my very first product unboxing as I show off the shiny new Surface Pro 3! I give my first impressions of the device …

Intel CTE initiative: Bay Trail-Entry V0 (Z3735E and Z3735D) SoCs are shipping next week in $129 Onda (昂达) V819i Android tablets—Bay Trail-Entry V2.1 (Z3735G and Z3735F) SoCs might ship in $60+ Windows 8.1 tablets from Emdoor Digital (亿道) in the 3d quarter

Update: At 19:40 on April 14 from the 昂达微博 Onda microblogging
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Details about the Onda V975i shipping from April 21st see after the Onda V819i (shipping from April 14th) details given much below! End of update

Existing local tablet brands working with Intel were BYD, Ramos and Teclast so far. With CTE (China Technical Ecosystem) initiative now they have 14 partners, not only local brands but local IDHs (Independent Design Houses) and OEMs/ODMs as well, as will be presented very soon below (other subjects following that correspond to the other terms that you find in title of the post):

From 英特尔的中国白牌平板之路 (Chinese white-box tablet roadmap by Intel) [中国经济网深圳频道 (China Economic Net Shenzhen Channel), April 3, 2014]

Intel and low-cost Android [and Windows] tablet reference design roadmap (Source Intel)


  1. Clover Trail+, Dual Core, Android: Z2580 2GHz, Z2520 1.2GHz, LPDDR2, 8L1 HDI2 
    (Note that Intel was pressed to use the Clover Trail+ for tablets instead of smartphones as it was originally envisaged. See in Saving Intel: next-gen Intel ultrabooks for enterprise and professional markets from $500; next-gen Intel notebooks, other value devices and tablets for entry level computing and consumer markets from $300 [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, April 17, 2013].)
  2. BayTrail-T, Quad Core, Windows: Z3745D 1.83 GHz, 19×12 LCD, DDR3L, 8L1 HDI2
    (3d party AM? Dual Boot solution available)
  3. BayTrail-Entry V0, Quad Core, Android:
    Z3735D (1.83GHz, <=2GB, <=19×12 LCD),
    Z3735E (1.83GHz, 1GB, <=12×8)
    DDR3L, 8L1 HDI2
  4. BayTrail-Entry V2.1, Quad Core, Android:
    Z3735F (1.83GHz, <=2GB, <=19×12 LCD),
    Z3735G (1.83GHz, 1GB, <=12×8)
    DDR3L, 6L1 type 3 PCB
  5. BayTrail-Entry V2.1, Quad Core, Windows
    [note that the Windows-based SoC version started sampling in beginning of April vs. the Android based one in mid February]:
    Z3735F (1.83GHz, <=2GB, <=19×12 LCD),
    Z3735G (1.83GHz, 1GB, <=12×8)
    DDR3L, 6L1 type 3 PCB
1 8L PCB = 8-layer PCB; 6L PCB = 6-layer PCB
2 HDIHigh Density Interconnects (aka Type 4) PCBs are defined as PCBs utilizing blind, buried or microvia technologies. A blind via is drilled from the surface layer with an end target on an internal layer while a buried via is only drilled on internal layers and does not exist on the surface layers. A microvia is commonly referred to as a via with a hole diameter of 0.005’ or less. (Source: PCB Stack-up Overview for Intel® Architecture Platforms Layout and Signal Integrity Considerations, Intel Thainland, December 2008)


In 2013 Intel launched the CTE program, where “the CTE acronym stands for China Technique Technical Ecosystem, which can be understood as Chinese technology ecosystem environment and Chinese white-box industry chain”, an alliance of fourteen local tablet manufacturers in Shenzhen including 比亚迪-BYD (Build Your Dreams), 实义德-THD (Thread Technology Co. Ltd.), 创智成-CZC, 汉普-Hampoo, 亿道-Emdoor [Digital] (Emdoor Digital Technology Co. Ltd.), 德天-Techvision (德天信息技术有限公司-Techvision Information Technology Co., Ltd.), 蓝魔Ramos, 台电Teclast (Teclast Electronics Co, Ltd), 广和通Fibocom (Fibocom Wireless Inc.), 微步Wibtek3 (Weibu) (Weibu Electronics Co., Ltd), 天智伟业Wisky (Shenzhen Wisky Technology Co Ltd), 炜疆Range (炜疆信息技术有限公司-Range Information Technology Co., Ltd.), and so on.

3 Wibtek (Weibu) is a Top 1 design house, dedicated in DIY solution products over 13 years with 10 million units MB shipment per year.
– Founded: 2001
– Group Employees: over 1000
– HQ: Shenzhen China
– R&D Force: 500+ engineers
Because of a global brand need, Wibtek is established by TAIWANESE people who were working for A BRAND in the past. Wibtek is currently producing All In One, Mini PC and Motherboards at this moment. As because our profession is motherboard design we easily can claim that Wibtek: “AIO by ITX professionals”.

The below table (taken from Z3600 and Z3700 Series Datasheet as of April 2014 when Type 3 SoC related information was added) is giving the rest of the specific information:

imageIn Brian M. Krzanich IDF14 Shenzhen keynote
[April 2, 2014]

  • Demonstrates Intel SoFIA for the first time just months after adding the new family of integrated Intel® Atom™-based mobile SoCs for entry and value smartphones and tablets to its roadmap.

From Intel CEO Outlines New Computing Opportunities, Investments and Collaborations with Burgeoning China Technology Ecosystem [press release, April 2, 2014]

As 4G LTE service expands in China, Intel is well-positioned to provide a growing share of LTE chipsets. Intel’s 2014 LTE platform, the Intel® XMM™ 7260, meets the five-mode requirement of China Mobile* today, including support for TD-LTE, and TD-SCDMA protocols required in China.

Intel is actively engaged in China for certification of the Intel XMM 7260, paving the way for commercial availability in the second half of 2014 for performance and mainstream device market segments. Krzanich demonstrated the Intel XMM 7260 by conducting the first public, live call using China Mobile’s TD-LTE network, and spoke to strong ecosystem demand for a competitive LTE alternative.

Intel is also developing its SoFIA family of integrated mobile SoCs for entry and value smartphones and tablets. Krzanich demonstrated the family’s first silicon, booting up the new integrated Intel® Atom™ platform just months after adding the product to its ultra-mobile roadmap. He also noted the strategic opportunity these market segments present for Intel and the China technology ecosystems. Intel’s SoFIA 3G platform is on track to ship to OEMs in the fourth-quarter of 2014.

Krzanich also said that Intel is on track to ship 40 million tablets this year, and showcased a variety of innovative designs developed in China by OEMs and ODMs.

From Mobile Innovation With Intel Inside by Hermann Eul [IDF14 Shenzhen, April 3, 2014]image

The general tablet roadmap was presemted as follows:


Intel reportedly places 28nm chip orders with TSMC, Globalfoundries and UMC [DIGITIMES, Jan 9, 2014]

Intel has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its forthcoming Atom mobile processor series codenamed SoFIA, and also placed orders for entry-level baseband chips with Globalfoundries and United Microelectronics (UMC), according to industry sources.

The contract chipmakers declined to comment on customer orders.

Intel’s SoFIA SoCs designed for entry-level smartphones and tablets will be built using TSMC’s 28nm HKMG process technology, said the sources. As for the other series of Atom SoCs codenamed Broxton, Intel will use its 14nm FinFET process to make the chips targeting high-end mobile devices.

Intel has also placed orders for entry-level baseband chips with Globalfoundries and UMC, using their respective 28nm PolySiON process nodes, the sources indicated. Initial shipments required by Intel are estimated at 7,000-8,000 wafers monthly.
Globalfoundries will first be the primary contract chipmaker for Intel’s 28nm baseband chips, the sources noted. Nevertheless, Intel is likely to release more orders to UMC later in 2014 when the Taiwan foundry improves its 28nm production yield rates, the sources said.

More information:
IDF14 Shenzhen: Intel is levelling the Wintel playing field with Android-ARM by introducing new competitive Windows tablet price points from $99 – $129 [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, April 4, 2014]
The long awaited Windows 8.1 breakthrough opportunity with the new Intel “Bay Trail-T”, “Bay Trail-M” and “Bay Trail-D” SoCs? [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Sept 14, 2013]
Form Factor and Average Power Innovations for Ultrabooks™
[April 10, 2013 presentation by Intel at the IDF Beijing] with the following abstract:

Intended Audience: OEMs and ODMs – Motherboard Layout Designers, Power Delivery, and Power Management Architects
In this session we propose methods to improve, form factor, battery capacity, and power consumption for Ultrabook™ devices. We show how High Density Interconnects (HDI) Printed Circuit Boards could free up considerable space for more battery and other features, especially in thinner Ultrabooks. We show current practices with HDI and propose better ways to achieve higher mother board area reduction to close the cost gap between type 3 and type 4 (HDI) designs. For power consumption, we also show design methods to reduce average power, especially by reducing platform idle power.

and agenda:

    • What is HDI?
    • Benefits of HDI in Form Factor Constrained Systems
    • Reducing the Cost of HDI
    • Reducing Platform Power
    • Thermal management an Power Configurability

From Designing Entry and Value Tablets Based on the Intel Platform, Bay Trail – Entry [IDF14 TABS002 session, April 3, 2014] downloadable presentation (PDF)

This session includes an in-depth review of the status and plans for the Intel® platform, Bay Trail – Entry, Intel’s first platform focused entirely on Entry and Value Tablets.

Topics include:

  • Master Reference Design, component catalog and hardware and software differentiation
  • Development and manufacturing tools
  • Schedule and Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) support model


1 MRD7 and MRD8/10 are Android* only. Windows is for selected ODMs with committed volume.




Imperatives for Master Reference Design (MRD) Development and Scaling

  • Master reference design for simultaneous scaling @ multiple ODMs with fast time to market
  • Tailor-made to enable flexible and fast changes with CTE friendly component catalogue
  • Enable differentiation to drive value beyond low cost
  • Manufacturing tools to ensure easy mass production process





Intel Platform, Bay Trail–Entry Component Catalogue Goal

  • Strengthen Intel Architecture partnership with CTE hardware ecosystem
  • Improve platform competitiveness, demonstrate performance and flexibility
  • Shorten time to market and enable product variety
  • Reduce project and supply chain risk
  • Enable partners to support customer design directly




Intel software ecosystem enabling efforts

< from slide #22 to slide #36>

Intel tools for development and manufacturing

< from slide #38 to slide #41>

image今天 17:59 Today [2014-0411] 17:59 
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  • Onda Tablet:
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    Onda V819i Intel Tablet will be in stock at the end of April.


Onda V819i Intel Tablet pre-installed with Quad Core 64-bit 22nm Bay Trail-T 1.83GHz Processor [3735E Bay Trail-Entry V0], with 1024*768 1280*800 IPS Screen, Dual Camera.


Onda V819i Quad Core features Intel Bay Trail-T Z3735 processor, 1.83GHz.


DDR3 L RAM, eMMC up to 150MB/s



8.0 Inch HD IPS Gorilla Glass Touch Screen


189PPI IPS Screen with 1280*800 resolution


Onda ROM



Onda V819i Intel Tablet Features:

OS: Android 4.2
CPU: Intel 3735E [Bay Trail-Entry V0] Quad Core 64-bit Bay Trail-T, 22nm, 1.86GHz, support Burst Technology 2.0
GPU: Intel HD Graphics for BayTrail
RAM   1GB 64bit DDR3L
Storage   16GB eMMC
Bluetooth: Support
Shell Material     Metal
Screen: Capacitive Touchscreen, 1280*800 High-resolution Screen
Size:   8 inch
Resolution:    1280*800 Pixels (16:10)
Display:  IPS Screen
Dual Camera:  2.0MP Front + 5.0MP Back with AutoFocus (OV Camera)

Onda V819i Intel Tablet Details:

Speakers: Dual AAC Speaker
TF Card: Support up to 128GB
Video: 4K HD Videp Play with formats of MP4/3GP/3G2/RM/RMVB/ASF/FLAC/APE/MOV etc.
Gravity Sensor     Yes
Skype     Yes
Multi-Touch     Yes, 10 points touch
OTG:   Yes
HDMI:  Yes, Mini HDMI
Play Store:  Yes, built in
Extend Card     Support TF card up to 128GB extended
Email and Browser: Yes, built in
WIFI:    Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
Earphone Interface     3.5mm
Video    1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
Ebook     UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
Battery :  Li-ion 4200mAH

Onda V819i Intel Tablet contain:

1 x Onda V819i Intel Tablet
1 x USB cable
1 x Charger

Onda V819i Intel Tablet Weight:  354g

Onda V819i Intel Tablet Size:  207*122.5*8.5mm

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Onda V975i Quad Core Intel Bay Trail-T 9.7 Inch Retina Screen RAM 2GB Tablet PC [Onda Tablet – Buy Products, April 14, 2014]

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Quick Overview

Onda V975i Quad Core pre-installed with Intel Bay Trail-T 61-bit Processor [3735D Bay Trail-Entry V0], with 22nm and 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM DDR3L and 32GB eMMC ROM,9.7 Inch Retina Screen 2048*1536 resolution 264 Screen PPI. Onda V975i come with Front 2.0M and Back 5.0M Dual Camera.

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Onda V975i Quad Core pre-installed with Intel Bay Trail-T 61-bit Processor [3735D Bay Trail-Entry V0], with 22nm and 1.83GHz, 2GB RAM DDR3L and 32GB eMMC ROM, 9.7 Inch Retina Screen 2048*1536 resolution 264 Screen PPI.Onda V975i come with Front 2.0M and Back 5.0M Dual Camera.

Intel Z3735 Quad Core 64 bit 1.83GHz


8.5mm Ultra-thin

9.7 Inch Retina Screen Android Tablet with 495g


HD OV Camera with Auto Focus

Front 2.0M and Back 5.0M HD Camera


Top 9.7 Inch Retina Screen

9.7 Inch iPad Air Retina Screen with 267 Screen PPi, Gorilla Glass Touch Screen


Onda V975i Quad Core Tablet Features:

OS: Android 4.2
CPU: 64-bit Bay Trail-T Z3735D [Bay Trail-Entry V0], 22nm,1.83GHz, support Burst Technology 2.0
GPU: Gen7,support DirectX 11
Storage  32GB eMMC
Bluetooth: Support
Shell Material     Metal
Screen: Capacitive Touchscreen, 2048*1536 High-resolution Screen
Size:   9.7 inch
Resolution:    2048*1536 Pixels
Visible Angle: 178°
Screen PPI:  264
Display:  Retina IPS Screen
Daul Camera: Front 2.0 Megapixels, Back 5.0 Megapixels Auto Foucus

Onda V975i Quad Core Tablet Details:

Speakers: Dual AAC Speaker
Video: hd Video Play with formats of MP4/3GP/3G2/RM/RMVB/ASF/FLAC/APE/MOV etc.
Gravity Sensor     Yes
Skype     Yes
Multi-Touch     Yes, 10 points touch
OTG:   Yes
Play Store:  Yes, built in
Extend Card     Support TF card up to 32GB extended
Email and Browser: Yes, built in
WIFI:    Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
Earphone Interface     3.5mm
Video     1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
Ebook     UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2…
Battery :  7800 mAh

Onda V975i Quad Core Tablet contain:

1 x Onda V975i Quad Core Intel Tablet
1 x USB cable
1 x Charger

Onda V975i Quad Core Weight: 495g

Onda V975i Quad Core Size:  241*169*8.5mm

End of update

From 亿道将推低于399元的Windows平板 (Emdoor will be pushing Windows tablet down to 399 yuan [$60]) [平板新闻 (PadNews), April 8, 2014] one can see the following roadmap from the company for 2014:


Currently its three 8-inch Windows 8.1 based tablets: EM-I8080-A, EM-I8080-C, EM-I8180 are already in mass production. And now Microsoft Windows system with tablets of 9-inch and less size has started free, which makes its three 8-inch Windows tablets more competitive.


In addition Emdoor will launch in the second quarter of this year a 10.1-inch Windows Tablet program supporting 3G/4G network, and a 10.1 inch 3G/4G tablet based on BayTrail-T CR [Cost Reduced] V0 version. In the second quarter it will also launch an 8-inch BayTrail-T CR V0 quad-core 3G tablet, the whole[sale] price will be around $ 139. In the end of the second quarter it will launch an 8-inch BayTrail-T CR V2 3G quad-core tablet, when prices will be further reduced to between $ 99-119. More awesome is that in the third quarter Emdoor will launch a 7 -inch BayTrail-T CR V2 quad-core 3G tablet, and the price will be lower than $99. Obviously in the WiFi-only version of the above scenario the price will be lower.

The current 50K shipment of Emdoor isn’t much, but for the company it is simply a starting point. At the launch party Emdoor also announced this year’s goal: 1KK, namely the 2014 Intel tablet shipments program to reach 1 million units, becoming the market leading Intel tablet IDH. Obviously, this is not small, in order to achieve it is really difficult. How Emdoor will be achieving this?

Emdoor’s approach can be summarized in three points: 1, constantly updated product technology and creating more product forms; 2, the establishment of a sound quality system, providing customers with better product quality; 3,  for the continuous optimization of product cost it will introduce a $60 tablet this year. Here the US $60 tablet PC should be referring to that of Emdoor launching in the third quarter a 7-inch BayTrail-T CR V2 quad-core tablet, as the 3G version priced at only $99, then the price of the WiFi only version should be at around $ 60. Here we must add that BayTrail-T CR supports Windows System.


The $60 Tablet PC means that for less than 399 yuan you can buy a Windows tablet, the price really is a little scary. If it really can do at this price, then it will be able completely compete with an ARM-based Android tablet head-on. And an Android tablet does not have the advantage of full compatibility with PC programs. Plus the Intel and Microsoft brands, I believe, will attract a large number of consumers. And with this it will probably be possible to change the current ARM tablet market, a dominant pattern. But before the product is actually listed it’s hard to say, because the outcome will also depend on the specific market feedback.

Intel pre-CTE background in China:

As of 2013

From China tablet/smartphone chain: Leaders emerge but plenty to play for [Supply Chain Research by Credit Suisse, Oct 15, 2013]


… The China tablet market is also seeing Intel engage more on building reference designs with local players, with several solution houses and local brands rolling out Windows+Android 7-10” tablets for $150-250 factory price for tablets and $300-$350 for tablet + keyboard Win8 + Android models.  …

Intel engaging local tablet suppliers more closely. Intel is putting more energy on penetrating the low-cost tablet market and now has reference models from design houses such as Emdoor and smaller branded companies including Ramos and Vido. The company is offering a thin and light reference design based on Clover Trail now with Bay Trail rolling out in the next 3 months. Factory price for 10” with keyboard ranges from $250-300 for Android and $300-$350 for Android + Wintel. 7.85” tablets are from Intel are now appearing at US$150 factory price, the high-end of the US$50-135 range for tablets based on Mediatek or the Chinese chipset suppliers. We are seeing more effort from Intel to penetrate several of these design houses on tablets, though presence is still very limited at the local smartphone suppliers.

Emdoor Digital background:

As of 2013

Emdoor Digital participates China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong with multi-platform solutions [press release, Oct 12, 2013]

Emdoor Digital participated China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong on October 12-15, 2013 with multi-platform solutions. Emdoor Digital unveiled the latest Intel X86 architecture -based tablet solution, ARM Rockchips 3026 and 3168 -based architecture solution. There is also more mature amlogic tablet solution which is already in high-volume production, Marvell 3G call tablet solution, more tablet solutions targeted at different industries, Miracast, TV boxes, TV stick and other products.

《Scene photos I》

《Scene photos II》

        Intel Dual System Tablet solution is undoubtedly the major popular model during this exhibition, X86-based Intel Baytrail-T quad-core tablet solution, 1.8GHz, support windows8.1 & android4.2.2 dual system, 10.1 inch, 8 inch two models, this is the world’s first prototype based on Intel Baytrail-T, the mature sampling will be available in the end of October and Mass production in November.

《Intel tablet solution》[based on Z3740D]

        Intel leaders from different regions and countries visit and guide at Emdoor Digital Booth.

《 Intel Leaders’visit》

        ARM architecture-based RK3026 is the latest models target at lower-end market, RK3168 for higher-end market, both are undoubtedly the models lead the dual-core market.


        For the higher end market, Emdoor Digital has RK3188, M802, large size, thinner and lighter is the characteristics of these models.

《8”、9.7”、 10.1”》

        For Mass production and most stable performance, Emdoor Digital has full-size models of amlogic AML8726-MXS/MXL chip solution; all 7 inch, 8 inch, 9 inch, 10.1-inch types pass the GMS certification.

《 Amlogic series models》

        For 3G and calling market, Emdoor Digital has Marvell PXA986 dual-core, PXA1088 quad-core tablet solutions, Phablet, narrow flat border is a major highlight which is also the future market trends.

《3G Phablet》

        We can see some special tablets customized for different industries on Emdoor Digital booth, POS machines has intelligent cash system, supports NFC, mobile phone , bank card and magnetic card payments manner. And other industrial applications tablets of RFID, Zigbee / Z-wave, etc.

《Industry Solution》

        There are also TV box, TV dongle , Miracast, etc.

《 Other products》

        During this Hong Kong exhibition, Emdoor Digital presents multi-platform solutions with numerous product forms, which is undoubtedly one of the booths with rich content, different products for different markets, which is attraction for all buyers on site.

About Emdoor Digital:

  • Emdoor Digital is in charge of R&D of Emdoor. Officially founded in 2010, Emdoor Digital symbolizes the important start for Emdoor to increase research investment and focus on consumer product development and standard operation. Emdoor Digital is one of the earliest teams engaging in tablet PC research, which targets at consumer digital product and solution research and production. At present, it is one of the largest tablet PC main board and ODM/OEM suppliers in Shenzhen.
  • MID solution of Emdoor Digital uses international famous chip processor and intel X86 architecture, the latest ARM architecture with strong CPU function.
    – The latest Android system is adopted, support powerful third-party software.
    – It employs full-touch screen design with resolution covering 800*480 to 1280*800 capacitive multi-touch screen.
    – Built-in WIFI and 3G module (WCDMA/EVDO/TDSCDMA) and GPS module are available.
    – Browsing websites, checking email, QQ/MSN/SKYPK online chatting, online games, online TV, stocks, funds and futures, real-time stock market monitoring, real-time transaction and so on.
    – It is supportive to more office software such as WORD, EXCEL, PPT, PDF, TXT etc.
    – It is supportive to various mainstream audio, video, picture, Flash plug-ins and multiple game clusters.
    – It supports 48 languages and 3G parameters from 28 countries.
    – All solutions adopt ultra-low power consumption but strong power management design, which have stable performance, high yield, fast delivery and good service.
About Emdoor Group:

  • One of the top 10 embedded system enterprises of the top 100 IOT enterprises in China in 2010;
  • One of the top 10 embedded system enterprises in China in 2010;
  • One of the earliest companies in the world that are engaged in research, development and design of MID tablet PCs;
  • Member of IOT Expert Committee of Chinese Institute of Electronics;
  • Golden partner of Microsoft
  • Partner of ARM chip design tool, development tool, ATC training and education
  • Domestic agent of ARM for development tools and chip-level development board.
  • Designated supplier of ARM hardware platform for 2006 National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest; won “Special Contribution Award” of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information
  • Its software/hardware co-design system of R&D management system EmTeam won “EDN China” innovation award for 2010;
Emdoor possesses three subsidiaries: Emdoor Electronics, Emdoor Digital and Emdoor Information, which engage in R&D tool, tablet PC and industrial terminal R&D and sales respectively. Emdoor has attached great importance to R&D management, embedment, mobile Internet and Internet of Things for a long time and been devoted to embedment industrial chain in China, providing professional and individualized service and support to customers in chip development tool, EDA development tool, embedment development tool, embedded platform and solution, embedded software test tool, ODM/OEM, embedment training and so on, thus helping customers and global partners to achieve success.
Emdoor has increased investment in independent R&D though making great achievement in independent tablet PC R&D. With the great support of Fudan Technology Venture Park, Emdoor has established Internet of Things R&D Center, Android System R&D Center (Relocated to Shenzhen with a new name Shenzhen Emdoor Information Technology Co., Ltd.) in Shanghai by the end of 2010.
Emdoor Shanghai Internet of Things R&D Center is the new development of Emdoor’s 5-year research in Internet of Things, making wireless sensor networking technology and practical new sensor technology commercialized.
Relying on mature tablet PC R&D platform of Emdoor Digital, Shenzhen Emdoor Information Technology Co., Ltd. has furthered developed a series of industrial tablet solution, such as Zigbee tablet, NFC tablet, RFID tablet, Z-Wave tablet, one dimensional barcode, two dimensional barcode, Infrared Spectroscopy, custom-made industrial tablet, and multiple Internet of Things solutions. It realizes standardized module production based on mature product architecture, enabling itself to create custom-made functions with simple module configuration according to the demand of the project.

As of 2012

http://www.emdoor.com/ Emdoor Electronics 亿道电子


Emdoor Zigbee Z Wave Tablet Introduction [qing shi YouTube channel, Sept 5, 2012]


Emdoor NFC Tablet Peer To Peer Introduction [qing shi YouTube channel, Sept 5, 2012]

Emdoor shows $140 9.7″ and $85 7″ Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 ICS Tablets [Charbax YouTube channel, Jan 13, 2012]

[At CES 2012] Emdoor Digital Technology Co Ltd shows Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich working on their Telechips based 7″ capacitive and 9.7″ IPS capacitive based Android tablets.


Emdoor Digital Company Brief: [as of August 2012]

Emdoor Digital subordinate to Emdoor Group is responsible for R&D of Emdoor Group. Emdoor Digital was established in 2010, which symbolized the start that Emdoor Group increased the investment in R&D and its long-term devotion to R&D and standardized operation of the consumer goods. It is positioned for the R&D and production of the digital consumer goods and solutions, with the aim to becoming one of the largest tablet personal computer mainboard and ODM/OEM suppliers in Shenzhen.

Emdoor Digital takes up the R&D team and quintessence of tablet personal computer since 2004, particularly since 2008, having had a specialized R&D team with perfect technology and rich experience since its very start. During the past six years, this team has designed the high-speed ARM embedded processors of Intel/Marvell Xscale PXA255/PXA270/PXA272/PXA310/PXA320 series based on high-speed ARM processors, and it is the largest third-party design team in China for the previous Intel embedded processor with Xscale ARM architecture, good at the substrate design of the software such as Linux, Android, WinCE5.0/6.0 and Windows Mobile operating systems, and having completed the design of multiple customized product solutions.

It is noteworthy that since 2004, Emdoor all the time supported Intel University Program covering the laboratories in Category-A schools of higher education, such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Xidian University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Tongji University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Nankai University, Nanjing University and South China University of Technology, till Intel sold this business to Marvell in 2006. During nearly 8 years from 2003 till 2011, Emdoor education platform and teaching scheme has been purchased by National-level Electrotechnic and Electronic Experiment Demonstration Center of Xidian University, and the embedded laboratories or electrotechnic and electronic experiment centers in almost all schools of higher education (including higher vocational and training colleges).

Emdoor Digital MID Solution Brief:

  • The Emdoor Digital MID Solution mainly uses Amlogic AML8726-MX, AML8726-M3 processor, with the core of Cortex-A9, clocked at 1.5G and featuring strong capacity.
  • The latest Android 4.1 system is adopted, able to support Flash11 and powerful third-party software.
  • All-touch design is adopted, with all levels of resolution covering 800*480-1280*800.
  • Built-in WIFI wireless network can support 3G modules (Optional), WCDMA / EVDO / TDSCDMA, as well as optional built-in GPS modules.
  • It can support web surfing, e-mail sending and receiving, QQ / MSN / SKYPK online chat, online games, Internet TV, stock + funds + futures, real-time pricing, real-time transactions and more other office software, as well as browsing and editing of WORD, EXCEL, PPT, PDF, TXT and other document formats.
  • Able to support all major audio, video, photos, FLASH plug-ins and a number of game sets, as well as 38 countries’ languages and 28 countries’ 3G parameters, all programs use ultra-low power consumption and robust power management design, boasting stable performance, high productivity, fast delivery and excellent service.

Products Development:

  • Feb. 2008  Tablet R &D team was under preparation.
  • Dec. 2008  1st tablet solution which was based on Marvell PXA303 was developed successfully.
  • Mar. 2009  Selected as the key cooperative Design House of Marvell in Great China.
  • Apr.  2009  Tablet with 4.3” touch screen and based on Android 1.1 was 1st published in China.
  • Jun. 2009  Series of Android Netbook were released.
  • Sep. 2009  Tablet with 7” touch screen and based on Android1.5 was 1st published in the industry.
  • Jan. 2010  Tablets with 7” touch screen and built-in WCDMA based on Android forayed into Japanese market.
  • Mar. 2010  7” Tablets with built-in WCDMA based on Android forayed into Germany Vodafone Telecom.
  • Apr. 2010  Changed the chips solution supplier from Marvell to Telechips.
  • Oct. 2010  Mass production started, the PCBA sales volume in Q4 was over 250,000 pieces.
  • Jan. 2011  Tablet solutions based on Android2.3, Telechips 8803, Cortex, 1.2GHz was 1st published in the industry.
  • Apr.  2011  Tablet solutions from 5” to 10” based on Android 2.3.3, Telechips8803 were keeping steady mass production.
  • Jul. 2011  Be the supplier of well known educational enterprises in China for teaching platforms.
  • Sep. 2011  Successively released diversified new tablet solutions such as EM76, EM78, EM89, EM101 and EM102.
  • Oct. 2011  Emdoor Digital was participated in the China Sourcing Fair (Electronics & Components), which was hosted by Global Sources in Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong.
  • Dec. 2011  Tablet solutions from 7” to10” based on Android 4.0, Telechips 8923, Cortex new generation (Cortex-A5) were developed successfully.
  • Jan. 2012  Emdoor Digital was participated in the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in L.V.
  • Feb. 2012  Tablet solutions from 7” to10” based on Android 4.0.3, Amlogic 8726, Cortex-A9 were developed successfully.
  • Mar. 2012  Emdoor Digital was participated in the International CeBIT in Hannover Germany.
  • Apr. 2012  Emdoor tablet solutions based on Amlogic AML8726-MX Dual Cortex-A9 were first appeared in China Sourcing Fair (Electronics & Components) in Hong Kong.
  • May. 2012  Emdoor published mass production solution of Dual-core Tablet PC which based on Amlogic AML8726-MX Dual Cortex-A9 in new products release conference.
  • Aug. 2012  Tablet solutions based on Android 4.0.4, Amlogic 8726-MX, Dual core Cortex-A9 appeared successfully at the first China Sourcing Fair-Sao Paulo in Brazil.

IDF14 Shenzhen: Intel is levelling the Wintel playing field with Android-ARM by introducing new competitive Windows tablet price points from $99 – $129

As Microsoft is going against Android and Apple with a vastly updated Windows/Windows Phone 8.1 for $0 royalty fee on smartphones and tablets with screens under 9”, integrated Windows desktop experience (upcoming in the next update), capability of creating Universal Windows apps accross the whole Windows family, see Microsoft BUILD 2014 Day 1: consistency and superiority accross the whole Windows family e.t.c  … [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, April 2, 2014]

Update: Intel aggressively promoting tablet CPUs in China [DIGITIMES, April 14, 2014]

Intel has resorted to an aggressive pricing strategy to promote sales of its tablet-use processors, particularly in China, a move which apparently will take on Qualcomm and MediaTek, while ramping up its market share, according to industry sources.

Prices of Intel’s mainstream quad-core tablet CPUs have dropped to below US$5, which are almost on par with those offered by China-based chipset suppliers such as Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology and even below those available from Nvidia, Qualcomm and MediaTek, said the sources.

Consequently, the number of Intel-based tablets is likely to expand in a great proportion as more and more China-based brand and white-box tablet vendors are expected to use Intel’s tablet CPUs to develop new products, the sources revealed.

Intel’s new policy also focuses on deepening its relationship with the supply chain in China, highlighting by its recent announcement of establishing an Intel Smart Device Innovation Center in Shenzhen and a US$100 million Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund, commented the sources.

To encourage China-based tablet makers to use Intel’s CPUs, the chipset vendor is offering assistance in terms of design, technology and marketing, the sources indicated.

Intel’s offerings will be particularly attractive to white-box tablet makers as they can optimize low-priced chipsets and advanced technologies to roll out competitive models for the entry-level segment, added the sources.

Intel aims to ship 40 million tablet CPUs in 2014, including entry-level Bay Trail family and SoFIA 3G platform products, the sources noted.

Intel is announcing the Bay Trail-Entry SoCs for that: Atom Z3735G and Z3735F
(As far as the original announcement is concerned read the The long awaited Windows 8.1 breakthrough opportunity with the new Intel “Bay Trail-T”, “Bay Trail-M” and “Bay Trail-D” SoCs? [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Sept 14, 2013] post of mine. Note also that by Microsoft the new Bay Trail-Entry SoCs were called “Bay Trail Cost Reduced options”.)


imageimageimageZ3735G/F Bay Trail-Entry Designed Specifically for CTE (China Technical Ecosystem) ODMs an Supply Chain:
Type 3 packaging of AP and PMIC
>>> Enabling cost effective and broadly
available 6-layer PCBs
Reduced Component Count
>>> New PMIC with higher level of Integration
>>> Intel Platforms, Bay Trail-Entry 478
vs. Clover Trail+ 496 vs. Bay Trail-v0 700
CTE-friendly Components
>>> Components selected based on cost and availability in China, after direct ODM & Sales feeback
Component Catalog
>>> Pre-validated key components to allow reference design variations with fast time to market
Source: TABS002 – Designing Entry and Value Tablets Based on the Intel® Platform, Bay Trail – Entry
(Warning: The slides of that presentation still reflect the case before the $0 Windows royalty fee announcement for tablets with screens under 9” by Microsoft, which occured a few hours before Intel’s Bay Trail-Entry announcement!) 

From Bay Trail-v0 to Bay Trail-Entry in terms of tablet circuit boards:

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And the effect would be even more dramatic than you would first think: Low cost Windows tablets and Docking Demo [Steve Paine YouTube channel, April 4, 2014]

http://umpcportal.com for more on Windows tablets. Low-cost Windows tablets will have just as much power and USB capability as current models. No Ultrabook was used in this video!

From Delivering Innovation across Mobile Devices, PCs, Software and Services [Intel Fact Sheet, April 3, 2014] + “Mobile Innovation With Intel Inside” – Hermann Eul Webcast [IDF14 Shenzhen, April 3, 2014] + Intel Developer Forum 2014 Keynote – Hermann Eul (English Slides) (PDF 3.7MB)
(Additional information: Intel Developer Forum – Shenzhen 2014 or IDF14 Shenzhen)

Accelerated Mobile Roadmap
Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group, demonstrated how Intel is accelerating innovation across its mobile platforms, from Intel® Atom™ to LTE, to scale at all prices and designs. The company continues to partner with emerging ODMs and OEMs in China and Taiwan to innovate and drive costs down to deliver compelling mobile devices to consumers around the globe. The China technology ecosystem is key to Intel’s goal of increasing sales of Intel-based tablets this year, and the company has an established program to help these ODMs and OEMs develop, market and sell Intel-based mobile devices at scale.


To further fuel the availability of low-cost, Intel-based tablets, Eul outlined how the company is expanding its Intel® Atom™ Z3700 series (“Bay Trail”) processor lineup to include several new products. New entry SKUs deliver 64-bit-ready, quad-core performance at a much lower cost based on engineering changes to the board design and other third-party components. Eul said these entry “Bay Trail” SKUs are currently in production and Intel anticipates OEMs to launch both Windows* and Android* devices this summer, with some starting at prices as low as US$99.




[Bay Trail 2GHz quad-core SoC has a roughly 2x performance gain vs. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core SoC in video encoding as it was demonstrated at IDF14 Shenzhen during Hermann Eul’s keynote.]


[ CPU Size reduction: Intel Baytrail for low-cost tablets (IDF14) [Steve Paine YouTube channel, April 3, 2014] ]

The Baytrail CR platform is smaller and is aimed at producing low cost Android and Windows tablets. More detail here. http://www.umpcportal.com/2014/04/windows-tablets-at-99-realsense-for-high-end-later-this-year/



[ Intel’s $99 Windows Tablet Prospect. IDF14 [Steve Paine YouTube channel, April 3, 2014] ]

Hermann Eul presents the Intel $99 Windows Tablet prospect at IDF14 in Shenzen. More information here: http://www.umpcportal.com/2014/04/windows-tablets-at-99-realsense-for-high-end-later-this-year/


Intel is also introducing two tablet master reference designs that will be available this summer. The reference designs help ODMs deliver low-cost, high-quality Intel-based tablets faster.


Global Marketing Campaigns Begin

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Help Consumer Choose
Intel Based Tablets

Reaching IT Decision Makers Globally

   With tools to pick the best
   tablets for the Enterprise



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Eul also disclosed more details about Intel’s future SoFIA 3G product, a dual-chip, fully integrated SoC that will begin shipping in the fourth quarter this year. SoFIA builds on Intel’s proven communications platforms by adding powerful Intel Atom cores, and it will be targeted at entry and value smartphones and tablets.
Eul said LTE is a priority and opportunity for Intel. The company’s 2014 LTE platform (Intel® XMM™ 7260) features five-mode support, including support for TD-LTE, and TD-SCDMA, which expands its addressable market to include China. Eul said the company is already actively engaged with China operators for certification and field trials are underway.

For overall background about IDF14 Shenzhen watch this report: IDF Shenzhen 2014 Highlights & Analysis [Mobilegeeks.de YouTube channel, April 4, 2014]

IDF Shenzhen 2014 http://www.mobilegeeks.com IDF Shenzhen has come to an end and Nicole Scott & Stewart Haston have decided to show you some highlights from the keynotes and give you some extra insight.