Intel moves into the smartphone and tablet processors’ market

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Intel Smartphone Reference DesignIntel has finally announced a move into the smartphone market at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas and they would now be going to produce smartphone and tablet processors.

During the past, Intel has always struggled with power consumption when attempting to produce mobile processor, but now the issues has been resolved. Chief executive, Paul Otellini has revealed during an Intel keynote speech at CES 2012 on Tuesday that Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to launch a Medfield-based handset, the K800. Intel demonstrated a Lenovo smartphone running on an Intel Atom chip which clocked in at 1.6Ghz.

After falling behind ARM during the chase of mobile supremacy, Medfield represents Intel’s intention to put forth the market challenge with a new kind of processor. Medfield is officially known as the Atom Z2460 platform, is a 32-nanometer chip optimized to be a low-power, high-performance chip capable of handling advanced tasks. The Atom Z2460 chips are expected to provide 8 hours of 3G talktime, six hours video playback, five hours of 3G browsing and 14 hours standby-time. The figures are not great at all however, it is just the initiation.

The new processor will initially be featured in the Lenovo smartphone, as shown during the demonstration. Afterwards, it will also be featured in a number of Motorola smartphones and tablets. Intel has claimed that the reference Atom smartphone that it has showed will outperform the current mobiles in browsing, Javascript and graphics. Intel’s benchmarks have also included its Medfield system to use 50% less power in 3G mode than the iPhone 4S, which has suffered from complaints over battery life.

There is an expectation that the Intel-powered smartphones will hit the market somewhere in 2012 and by then the processor would be made even more powerful and have better efficiency.

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