At Mobile World Congress, Intel introduced its first 64-bit processor in its next-generation Merrifield chip. It also bulked up its LTE modem capabilities and revealed expanded deals with Asus and Lenovo.
At Mobile World Congress the mobile network will begin its long journey into cloud. It will take some time, but one day the key component of the mobile network could be the data center.
If you’re jonesing for a phone that can run either Android(s goog) or Firefox OS without voiding the guarantee, you don’t have to wait much longer. The plucky Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone said on Tuesday that it will start selling its Intel(s intc) Atom-based Revolution handset through its online store from 20 February at a cost of €239 ($326) excluding tax, though it’s offering the device at a slightly discounted €222 for a limited period of time. We now also know the built-in storage capacity: 4GB (thankfully there’s also a microSD slot). One reminder: branding issues mean Geeksphone has to call Firefox OS “Boot2Gecko”, which is Mozilla’s old codename for the operating system.
Intel isn’t letting rivals take all the business in the gold rush that is the internet of things. With a new family of chips, a Hadoop distribution and several acquisitions, Intel’s making a big play.
Intel(s intc) joins other major companies such as GE(s ge) and Qualcomm(s qcom) in promoting a platform for the internet of things. The chip giant says that it will offer a Wind River-based IoT platform and detailed several ways that its own use of sensors and data analytics have saved it money on the manufacturing floor. It plans on pushing both Atom and Quark processors for this platform and offered details on the upcoming Quark family of processors as well as a new Atom SoC. The first Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium-compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.
After mostly missing out on the mobile market that started in 2007, Intel has been playing catch up. This year could be the turning point with Atom chips in smartphones and tablets, such as the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Does Intel still stand a chance in the highly-competitive mobile chip market? Yes, if the company’s new Silvermont chip lives up to its promise of 3x the performance of today’s Atom or 5x the power efficiency.
Intel and ZTE announced a strategic collaboration last month and already have a new product. The ZTE Geek smartphone uses Intel’s latest Atom chip promising more speeds and better battery life. With a foothold in China, Intel isn’t out of the mobile game yet.
Microsoft’s Windows RT software had an opportunity to bring limited Windows 8 functionality to low-cost tablets, but that window may already be closing. Intel Atom-based slates with full Windows 8 and long run-times on a single charge have fewer restrictions and cost about the same.
Intel has released its first Atom system on a chip aimed at the data center. The new SoC consumes 6 watts and has many enterprise-class features. But with ARM taking aim at the same market Intel has a totally different type of competition to worry about.