Intel designs dual OS chips

Fashion bag maker Intel has been slowly backing away from its old chum Microsoft allowing the forces of darkness to pick it off — now it seems to have gone into actual back stabbing mode.

Buried in the press releases at CES is the news that Chipzilla will start making chips that work with both Windows and Android.

The company confirmed that Intel processors will power computers that can switch between Windows and Android with the press of a button, just like the Asus Transformer Book Duet.

Intel demonstrated the technology on a laptop during the company’s press conference, right after introducing “Intel Device Protection Technology,” an idea that should help Intel-based Android devices meet corporate standards for enterprise security.

While it does make it possible to boot up a new OS just by turning it off and turning it on again it is not yet close to being able to run both Android and Windows at the same time without a virtual machine involved.

It is also a little behind on the technology. AMD announced a partnership with BlueStacks to run a fullscreen and windowed Android apps within Windows itself. This is done by using an ARM processor core inside new AMD chips that can run some Android code natively.

But while AMD has not got a lot to lose by running dual operating system chips, Intel has a bigger interest in keeping people away from Android while it gets its own mobile act together.