No Intel Chips in Smartphones until the Second Half of 2011

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Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini recently announced that Intel chips will not be making an appearance in smartphones until the second half of 2011. This company is developing a new processor specifically for this class of mobile devices.

Though Intel stated at CES in January that it intended to make a showing in smartphones this year, its Moorestown chip (released in May) uses too much power to match the efficiency of the ARM processors currently found in smartphones. Intel has also been dealing with issues of certification, modem integration, and the telecoms software stack, according to an article from the Financial Times.

As a result, the company is creating a successor to the Moorestown, a smartphone processor codenamed Medfield. Medfield is currently being debugged for shipment in 2011 and 2012, ostensibly allowing Intel to soon become a competitor in the smartphone race.

“This is a marathon,” Otellini reassured his audience at the Barclay Capital’s Global Technology Conference, “not a sprint.”

Currently, most smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Hummingbird processor, or a rival chip from TI.

Intel and Tablets
The news from Otellini was released alongside the announcement that Intel Atom processors and chipsets will be featured in 35 different tablets in 2011. The company has also recently made the decision to create a new business unit dedicated specifically to creating chips for netbooks and tablets in an effort to stave off fierce competition in the market. 

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