AMD joins MeeGo

Published by David Gilson at 13:16 UTC, November 15th 2010

Dublin, Ireland. Today at the MeeGo conference 2010 AMD announced that it would be joining the MeeGo project, alongside Nokia and long-time CPU rival, Intel. On stage were Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, software development; and Chris Schlaeger, Director of AMD Operating System. Schlaeger said to the developers and press "we will provide our support in an open and not corporate way". Read on for more details.

Schlaeger went on to say that AMD believes MeeGo is the right way of doing things, and that he was amazed at the potential ever since he saw the N800. AMD will be investing engineering resources to aid the development of MeeGo going forward.

Chris Schlaeger speaking at the MeeGo Conference 2010

Chris Schlaeger speaking at the MeeGo Conference 2010

Bar-Haim was quoted as saying:

"MeeGo represents an exciting, open-source mobile operating system we expect to be adopted by mobile and embedded device makers over time,"

"We are glad to provide engineering resources to joint industry efforts like MeeGo and expect that this operating system will help drive our embedded plans and create expanded market opportunities for our forthcoming Accelerated Processing Units."

Since AMD's acquisition of ATi, they have been ahead in the race of integrating GPU's with CPU's. All being well, this expertise can be brought into the development of MeeGo. This would initially benefit the netbook market, although as GPU's become more important in handsets, we could see some remarkable technology coming out of the collaboration. In Schlaeger's own words (source):

"We will put resources, invest time and money where we think we can put meaningful contributions. If you think GPU/CPU can’t make a difference, beware."

David Gilson for All About MeeGo, 15th November 2010

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