Intel Announces Slew of Mobile Chips, Including LTE
Intel today announced several new chip families for mobile devices. The X-GOLD 706 baseband processor is compatible with the 3GPP2 Release 8 specification and supports Long Term Evolution. Intel says the 706 is based on the 2G/3G X-GOLD 626 architecture, and device makers will be able to create devices based on the 626 with LTE, as well. Intel believes this baseband processor will be ideal for smartphones and tablets. Intel also introduced a new HSPA+ chipset that is capable of 21Mbps on the download. The XMM 6260 is also based on the 626 architecture. Both chips use 40nm processing.
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 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.
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 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 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.