Intel Says Smartphones with Intel Inside to Appear in 2012
Speaking at an investor conference, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the first smartphones with Intel chips inside are on track to become available next year. "You'll see the first Intel-based phones in the market in the first part of next year," Otellini said. Intel has been unable to crack the smartphone market so far, which has fallen to its competitors. It has introduced several new chips this year that it is targeting at smartphones, including the X-GOLD 706 baseband processor, which is compatible with the 3GPP2 Release 8 specification and supports Long Term Evolution. Otellini didn't say which manufacturer has picked Intel's chips.
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 Buy Altera for $16.7 Billion
Intel today said it has agreed to purchase Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion.
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 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.