It looks like Intel is ready to deliver a suitable chipset for Android devices. The company’s work on the optimization of its Atom processors for Google’s platform has a long history of failures, but recently Intel made important progresses, which allow it to enter the mobile market.
Intel’s main problem was to create a low power consumption mobile chip that would be able to replace ARM-based chipsets.
Only recently Intel managed to compress its three-chip architecture into a single system-on-a-chip, which is called Medfield. This is probably the chipset that will be used by Motorola’s Android phones later this year.
Inked at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the Intel - Motorola multi-year, multi-device partnership is clearly a step forward for both companies, but especially for Intel who is still struggling to bring a new open-source mobile platform on the market.
After Nokia abandoned MeeGo over Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Intel took it in its own hands and re-named the project Tizen. The new operating system is rumored to be launched in February at the Mobile World Congress, along with the first device that will run it, Samsung I9500.
“We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people's lives wherever they may be,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.
Motorola and Intel partnership also covers tablets, not just smartphones. The first Intel-powered Motorola devices running Google’s Android operating system are expected to be available in the market in the second half of the year.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel's Atom processor to consumers and businesses,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility.