Intel exec hints that it could re-enter the mobile processor business again
Venkata Renduchintala, the current president of the Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group at Intel, hinted in a new interview that the company could re-enter the mobile processor business once again.
In April, Intel confirmed it was cancelling its previous plans to release its SoFIA and Broxton chips SoC processors that were being developed primarily for smartphones. This seemed to signal Intel's decision to move away from the smartphone chip market. However, in a new interview with PCWorld, Renduchintala, who joined Intel in late 2015 after working at rival Qualcomm, seemed to hint strongly that Intel might have future plans for the mobile chip market. When asked what Intel's reasons were in cutting mobile processor development to focus on modems, he stated:
Keep in mind that Renduchintala's statements are still very vague, but they do raise the hope that Intel could announce new smartphone processor chips sometime in the future.
The same interview has Renduchintala discussing other Intel topics, including its virtual reality hardware development with the Project Alloy headset design and what it might mean for the PC industry as a whole:
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You're probably confusing Venue 8 with Venue 8 Pro.
If you see this, could you recommend any review of the latest version that helped your decision to get yours?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psion_Organiser It looks like it was Custom Designed - Would assume a lot of the early ones were also cusom CPUs
There is also not much incentive to use Intel SoC if it's indeed bit more expensive. Not to mention the necessary expertise to optimize the hardware and software for that architecture.
Maybe Intel didn't convinced enough OEM and ODM on why use Intel than most ARM SoC.
There is also a question that the battery life isn't as equal as to those with ARM. In my experience with Zenfone, it doesn't last as I could expect it to be, but not worst. It's just there isn't much benefit about the compromise.
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So, who knows what Intel is all about when it comes to mobile platforms.
I would not rule out anything. But the comment given does not mean much for the present day.
It just keeps open the door for a new, upcoming opportunity. That's it. However, we could see Intel making an ARM-SoC for Apple
in the coming years. That would mean a performance-leap for iPhones/iPads. But, as the Intel excec noted, they'll talk about it once they have something.
Could be spring 2017, could be spring 2020. Who knows.