Intel Develops Mobile SoC with TriGate Transistors
Intel revealed today in a technical paper a new breakthrough that it intends to bring to its mobile processors. The company has figured out how to port its TriGate transistors, which are three-dimensional transistor structures it created for desktop PCs last year, to mobile processors. The new TriGate transistors will be part of a new system-on-a-chip configuration from Intel that bundles together several different smartphone components. The new SoC uses a 22nm processes that will boost speeds by 22% to 65% compared to Intel's 32nm chips, while also making gains in power efficiency. The chips are not expected to become available until the second half of 2013. Intel has so far gained little traction in the smartphone market. Only a handful of smartphones shipped with Intel processors this year.
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 Buys Stake in Chinese Mobile Chip Vendor
Intel today said it has forged an agreement with Tsinghua Unigroup to co-develop processors for mobile devices. Tsinghua runs both Spreadtrum and RDA, which are fabless semiconductor companies that develop 2G-, 3G-, and 4G-enabled mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones, and other consumer electronics products.
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.
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.
Intel to Allow ARM Chip Builders to Use Its Foundry
Intel today said companies that design and build ARM-based processors will for the first time be able to use Intel's manufacturing facilities to make them. Intel will allow its Intel Custom Foundry customers to use its 10nm FinFET process for ARM cores and Cortex series processors.