Rockchip sticks Android on the cloud

Chinese semiconductor manufacturer Rockchip has announced that it will be showing off a cloud based system which will use Android for home users at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Rockchip said that its eHome Cloud will be compatible with Android 2.3 initially, but will be updated to Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, in February 2012.

Rockchip will release a RK2918, an applications processor and an upgrade to last year’s RK2818 chip, to power tablets running the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Rockchip is but one of several chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, which is trying to find uses for Android tablets.

The company thinks that wirelessly syncing the family’s computers and tablets, exchanging links, sharing files and even playing games will give all the toys something to do.

Armed with this sort of functionality the tablet will achieve parity with Apple, Rockchip thinks.

In a press release, Chen Feng, a Rockchip vice president, said that his outfit is now ready to expand its market share to a global level and thinks that demonstrating the gear at CES will prove his point.

But it would not be the first company to start trying to sell its chips with value-added software in a bid to get its foot in the door. It worked rather well for AMD and Nvidia.