Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini confirmed rumours of his company’s plans to foray into the mobile devices market at a press conference yesterday. The press meet was called to announce Intel’s 2011 first quarter financial results along with a slight idea of Intel’s future plans.
Intel recently announced that they would be looking to use android as a way to push mobile device manufacturers towards using Atom processors ( for Android, MeeGo and Windows). Intel, currently the biggest processor manufacturer does not have any phones running on its processors. ARM Holdings, the current leader in mobile device processors is the company to beat for them.
Android is set to play a major role in this endeavour as Intel confirmed that it is working on a port on Android Honeycomb 3.0 to run on its x86 processors. Intel is pushing aggressively into the mobile market with with reports that Intel would pay a 10$ subsidy for each Intel-based tablet that is shipped, hoping to turn manufacturers in its direction.Acer, Asus and Lenovo have reportedly already signed on to produce devices based on this particular platform, with manufacturing kicking off during the second half of 2011.
AMD, Intel’s most formidable challenger in PC-processors and chips is also looking at cutting itself a piece of the mobile devices pie. It is reportedly looking at recruiting experts to build android device drivers.
Both these companies have their task cut out entering a market that they have no footing in. Well there are only positives as i see, emerging from this competition. ARM processors have been by far the most popular choice considering that mobile devices until recently did not perform the tasks that are expected of smartphones today. Intel and AMD based processors will bring more data crunching power to mobile devices.
Well I’m really excited about these new devices that will be able to do more that your current smartphones do, are you? Let us know.