Intel looking for Windows Phone engineers. Possible Intel hardware?

Intel has published a job opportunity on LinkedIn that points the finger out to Windows Phone engineers. Now, this could be nothing, so we'll not speculate on an x86 Windows Phone is definitely on the horizon, but there are straws to be clutched onto. Could we be seeing Intel looking at the mobile platform as a potential investment to tackle? Don't get your hopes up.

So what exactly is Intel looking for in applicants? The company is specifically requesting Windows Phone expertise.

For the time being, Windows Phone runs entirely on ARM with Qualcomm as the exclusive chip provider. But there's always room for more, and Intel isn't one to shy away from taking a leap. Here's the full job description on LinkedIn:

"Windows Phone Engineers:  Intel would like to talk to you.  If you have Windows phone expertise, the Intel site in Redmond would like to talk to you."

It's known that Windows Phone (like Windows across all platforms) is portable, but the question we've asked before is does Windows Phone really need Intel chips? Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Windows Phone said the following in an interview:

"Our architecture is such that it's hardware independent. For the same reason that Windows 8 [tablets] could run on 'Wintel', right now Windows Phone is on Qualcomm. We have a portable OS architecture."

Here's some extra information on the open position at Intel:

  • Experience: Mid-Senior level
  • Functions: Engineering, Design 
  • Industries: Computer Software, Computer Networking, Computer Hardware

It'll be interesting to see what Intel has planned. Whether we're looking at the company looking to form a partnership with Microsoft in the mobile space, or if we could simply be witnessing Intel expanding its team to cover the Windows ecosystem more efficiently, with enough experience to boot.

Source: LinkedIn, via: WMPU

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.