Intel has mostly been a company that focuses on PC processors and parts; while the tablet and mobile market has mostly belonged to ARM. However, according to San Jose Mercury, mobile devices like tablets will be a strong focus of Intel’s future.
“At the Consumer Electronics Show here Tuesday, company CEO Paul Otellini insisted that Intel will be an important player in the post-PC era. And he finally could back it up.”
The way Otellini backed it up is with an announcement of an Intel CPU made for mobile devices (otherwise known as the post-PC era devices).
A deal was struck with Motorolla (a Google subdivision now) and Lenovo to get these chips out on the market in 2012.
Motorola’s CEO seems so confident in Intel that the company signed a multi-year deal with intel and “multiple devices” were mentioned to be included in this deal.
Intel has been slow to catch on in the mobile market with its CPUs partly due to them not being suitable for long battery lives. However, the report suggests these new chips will have this issue fixed.
“He [Otellini] and a colleague showed off a prototype for a smartphone using the company’s latest mobile chips that quickly pulled up Web pages and easily played back high-definition video.
Otellini said the mock-up phone, which runs Android, not only outperforms those using chips designed by arch-rival ARM but also offers better battery life. ‘It gets up to eight hours of phone talk time and 14 days of standby time between charges,’ he said.”
This should be great news for those of you who like competition in hardware between mobile device manufacturers. As technology grows so will competition and hardware differentiation will widen.