Does an x86 Ice Cream Sandwich Port Spell Future Intel Tablets?

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Google made good on its IDF keynote promise and announced that is has ported Android 4.0 to Intel's x86 architecture. What does that mean? Could be that Intel tablets are on the horizon, but they still face issues with their chips' power consumption. More speculation is available at Ubergizmo.

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Speaking of which, any news on Medfield? Intel's lowest power consuming processors are still in the watts while ARM cores are in the hundreds of milliwats, and with 22nm Cortex A15 cores that will be even lower, they have their work cut out. And in the tablet space where x86 isn't mandatory even with Windows 8 they can't just use their IP to keep on top.