AAPL Stock: 108.66 ( -2.12 )

Printed from

Intel merges divisions to catch up in smartphones, tablets

updated 05:25 pm EST, Wed December 14, 2011

Intel units netbook, mobile, wireless groups

Intel later on Wednesday confirmed talk that it was uniting divisions to boost its poor standing in mobile. The mobile communications, mobile wireless, netbook and tablet, and ultramobile groups under one single mobile and communications group. It would be headed up by Mike Bell, a former iPhone team member who left Apple in 2010, and by ex-Infineon veteran Hermann Eul.

The company made clear that it wanted to accelerate the development of chips for smartphones and tablets.

Intel has promised smartphones in early 2012, but the partner support would only come years after initial promises. The chip designer had promised a first x86-based phone, the LG GW990, for the end of 2010. Intel's inability to shrink processors down quickly enough led it and LG to spin the cancellation, claiming it was just a concept despite mentioning explicit production goals just months earlier.

The phone and tablet markets are currently dominated almost exclusively by ARM, whose architecture powers everything from the iPad to all Android phones. It built from the ground up for mobile and is rapidly catching up to Intel's notebook processors in performance. Microsoft will be supporting ARM on Windows 8 and expects it to run desktop-class, if heavily touch-optimized, apps much like Intel hardware.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented