Intel Jumps Into the 64-Bit LTE Game
Intel today announced several new processors for Android smartphones and tablets. First is the Z3480 (codenamed Merrifield), an Atom-based 64-bit mobile processor. It is a 2.13GHz system-on-a-chip based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont architecture. The Z3480 also uses Intel's Integrated Sensor Solution, which manages sensor data and can be contextually aware even when the device is asleep. The Z3480 can be paired with Intel's XMM 7160 LTE platform for a CPU-baseband combo. Intel also offered a peek ahead at its next-generation LTE chips. The Moorefield chip will be a 64-bit processor with cores up to 2.3GHz. Moorefield will feature an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory. Intel expects to pair it with its forthcoming XMM 7260 LTE chip, which will support Category 6 LTE at peak downloads of 300Mbps. Intel said that more companies have committed to building devices with its processors, including Lenovo (smartphones and tablets), and Dell, Asus, and Foxconn (tablets).
Asus Zenfone 2 Goes On Sale May 19 for $299
Asus today said it will sell its 2015 flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 2, in the U.S. beginning May 19.
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 Claims LTE Modem to Deliver 1 Gigabit Speeds
Intel today announced the XMM 7560 LTE modem, a fifth-generation wireless radio that can produce broadband-like speeds in a variety of mobile devices. The XMM 7560 is manufactured using Intel's 14nm process and supports LTE Advanced Category 16 for downloads up to 1 Gbps and Category 13 for uploads up to 225 Mbps.
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.