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).
Intel Debuts 5G Radios
Intel today announced a range of 5G modems for mobile devices that rely on various technologies to handle the transition from 4G to 5G. The XMM 8000 series will handle multi-mode operations on 600 MHz and mmWave band around the globe and will be ideal for PCs, phones, and fixed wireless equipment.
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 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.
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 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.