Intel-powered smartphones coming this year

By on February 16, 2011, 10:00 AM
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said during a keynote at Mobile World Congress that a number of smartphone models would be launched this year using the firm's processors. The company seems very optimistic about its upcoming smartphone core, dubbed Medfield, but so far remains tight-lipped on possible partners or any further information besides saying that it is a "pretty exciting" time for them.

Otellini sees the emergence of the smartphone and tablet device categories as an opportunity for Intel and not a challenge to its commanding lead in the CPU market. According to the CEO, tablets and smartphones will live alongside PCs, and this will allow them to ship even more processors than the hundreds of millions it currently ships. "We don't see an environment where one machines satisfies all needs. At least for the next four to five years, we're likely to see multiple devices and multiple form factors simply because people want to do multiple things," he said.

Intel has been virtually absent from the fast growing smartphone market so far, but the company is hoping to change that with its upcoming Medfield chips, which are supposedly posed to outclass ARM in processing and power efficiency. The company will have to prove its bold claims with actual products, and with ARM currently holding close to 90% of the mobile market through licensing agreements, convincing hardware manufacturers to embrace Medfield won't be easy.

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treeski treeski said:

I'll believe it when I see it =P

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They have few prototypes already, I think Intel may be in better position if they continue developing that MeeGo OS for their own smartphone; and if they can combine the hardware and software in a competitive package which may be a pretty good bet. Along with the support for other OS platforms like Android/WP7 as well.

princeton princeton said:

Nvidia tegra will still be the way to go.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who knows, considering the resources of Intel, and if they put in a real effort i wouldn't rule them out about catching nVidia in its track in a short period. Beside nVidia isnt a big player at its own in this arena, ARM is; hence it should be their target.

Guest said:

Intel previously had a license for ARM. That division was sold to Marvell. Intel engineers must have studied those designs and chose a different way. 3 things are lining up for Intel. (1) On the chip security features which may or may not be related to the MacAfee division. (2) The purchase of the Infineon Intel can design the basebands right into the chip. (3) Intel will be the first to 22nm. Intel smartphone chips should be very competitive and be able to run Windows, MeeGo, Android and Apple OS X.

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