Intel CEO to Retire Next Year
Intel CEO Paul Otellini will leave his role as executive officer and chairman of the board by mid-2013, the company announced today. Otellini has been CEO for the processor maker for eight years. "After almost four decades with the company and eight years as CEO, it's time to move on and transfer Intel's helm to a new generation of leadership," said Otellini. "I look forward to working with Andy, the board and the management team during the six-month transition period, and to being available as an advisor to management after retiring as CEO." Intel has begun searching for a replacement CEO, but has not yet named anyone. Otellini oversaw Intel's transition from primarily providing desktop processors to mobile processors for laptops and netbooks. The company has targeted mobile devices, too, but has yet to see any real success from its line of Atom chips for smartphones. Intel has launched just three Atom-equipped smartphones this year, including a variant of the Motorola Droid RAZR M for world markets called the RAZR I.
Intel Shows Off RealSense Camera for Smartphones
Intel made a slew of announcements recently, among them a new camera module for smartphones and new versions of its Atom mobile processor. Intel's RealSense 3D camera is meant to help solve complex problems based on what it can see, but it can also power things like gesture-based controls.
Intel to Merge Mobile and PC Chip Businesses
Intel plans to combine its mobile chip business with its PC chip business so it can make its mobile chips more competitive. Intel has struggled against competitors Qualcomm and Samsung when it comes to supplying processors for smartphones and tablets.
Intel Shows Off New Atom Processors and LTE Modem
Intel today revealed its roadmap for 2015, which includes three new Atom mobile processors called the x3, x5, and x7, in addition to a new LTE modem. The Atom x3 is a system-on-a-chip complete with a modem and is meant for volume devices.
Tag Heuer, Intel Partner On Second Android Watch
Tag Heuer and Intel today announced the Modular 45, an Android-powered smartwatch run by an Intel processor. As the name implies, the wearable is highly configurable thanks to easy-to-swap modules, horns, bracelets, buckles, and dials.
Intel Cancels Several Phone Chips
Intel said it will discontinue a handful of processors meant for smartphones and tablets as it continues to shift its business toward more profitable products. In particular, Intel has cancelled plans to sell three of its SoFIA processor-baseband combination chips.