Intel's Medfield smartphone chip now in production
IDG News Service - Intel on Monday said its Medfield chip, designed for low-end smartphones, is in production and will ship later this year.
Tablets using Intel's Oak Trail chips will ship this year, before Medfield will appear in products, according to Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, who spoke at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Chandrasekher gave few details of Medfield other than to say it will have the fastest processor on the market, the same standby time as chips from competitors and the longest active power use time of any chip. Intel in the past has said that the new chip, which includes an Atom CPU, will also deliver improved graphics capabilities.
Medfield is a chip that combines an Atom CPU with a number of specialized cores for functions such as graphics accelerators. Medfield will succeed Intel's first smartphone chip, code-named Moorestown, which has failed to find traction in the smartphone market.
But the question remains whether Intel can get manufacturers to adopt Medfield. No smartphones with Intel chips are available yet. LG Electronics showed a smartphone based on Moorestown last year, but it was never sold. Intel on Friday said a phone with Intel chips will ship later this year, but did not name the phone maker.
Intel showed off some Oak Trail tablets at last month's Consumer Electronics Show. PC makers said that tablets based on the chip can run for up to eight hours on a single battery charge and play 1080p high-definition video.
Chandrasekher also said that Intel is accelerating LTE (Long Term Evolution) communication chip development. The company plans to sample them this year in time for inclusion in products for the end-of-year holidays in 2012. Intel's HSPA+ chip is in production now, he said.
Intel last month completed the $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon's wireless division, which was announced in August. Intel has said in the future it will integrate the communication chips such as 3G and 4G radios acquired from Infineon in its Atom processors.
Intel also announced a dual-SIM product that lets users run two SIM cards in a device. That's handy for people who might want to have a personal phone number and account as well as a work number but use the same device.
Intel also announced an arrangement with Korea Telecom and Samsung whereby the companies will use Intel architecture chips in all of their combined LTE network deployments.
- Visual tour: The Android tablets of MWC
- MWC video: VMware's Android app separates business and pleasure
- MWC video: Nvidia shows quad-core Project Kal-El
- Visual tour: Android phones take over Mobile World Congress
- 2011 a 'pivotal year' for NFC payments, say RIM, Orange and KT execs
- Tablets to be supercharged by quad-core chips
- Smartphones driving you nuts? Industry execs take note
- Android smartphone makers seek unique positions
- Full-duplex radio breakthrough can double Wi-Fi capacity
- RIM, Nokia, DoCoMo dodge Google's 'dumb pipe' menace
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- 4 Customers who never have to refresh their PCs again This paper illustrates a common theme: the combination of desktop virtualization and thin client computing helps organizations deliver an up-to-date user experience more...
- Mobile Devices: The New Thin Clients Get essential guidance for understanding the role thin clients plus virtual desktops play in the enterprise today.
- Taking Windows Mobile on Any Device Taking Windows applications mobile has many advantages, but the process of identifying a solution is complex. Learn how to solve this complex problem...
- PaaS - Powering a New Era of Business IT Why PaaS has suddenly become relevant and irresistible to many organizations. Dive into the opportunities and considerations associated with using PaaS from an...
- Redefine Your IT Operations: Remote Office IT Has Never Been Simpler Join us to see why PC Pro named Dell PowerEdge VRTX the "2013 Server of the Year." PowerEdge VRTX may be just what...
- Meg Whitman presents Unlocking IT with Big Data During this Web Event you will hear Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP discuss HAVEn - the #1 Big Data platform, as well... All Hardware White Papers | Webcasts