Linked by David Adams on Wed 18th May 2011 03:11 UTC
Intel Intel has showed a prototype smartphone based on its low-power Medfield processor and said Intel-based phones from "major players" would be in the market next year. Intel has struggled to get its chips into smartphones and tablets, markets that are dominated today by processor designs from Intel's U.K. rival ARM Holdings.
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RE[2]: To Little - To late
by fran on Wed 18th May 2011 13:58 UTC in reply to "RE: To Little - To late"
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

Not really.
Intel has the infrastructure and is planning to enter the foundry business in a ala TSMC model. Rumours is it's vying to build Apples next generation Ax series ARM processors.
It's R&D is pretty strong with external partnerships and research sponsoring of new technologies. Consumers don't really like patents I know but some bleeding edge technology will Inevitably have Intel's name on it.

We wont really see this soon as we know they have billions tied in to fabs of 22nm and up and coming 14nm processes.
Only way we are going to see a real expediting of new technologies is when shareholder is forced to write the some fabrication plants faster and push these new technologies which will probable happen sooner or later i guess.

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RE[3]: To Little - To late
by fran on Wed 18th May 2011 14:26 in reply to "RE[2]: To Little - To late"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

just to counter my "new technology" argument..in my view one of Intel biggest problem is going to be
what are we going to use all that processing power for.
Majority of PC users read email, type letters and open there browsers. These task already benefit much more from new storage technologies like SSD than processing power.
These new technologies will really only be viable if it is cheap.

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RE[4]: To Little - To late
by jgagnon on Wed 18th May 2011 15:15 in reply to "RE[3]: To Little - To late"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

There is no shortage of ideas to use new processing power. Video processing on a phone is not too far fetched. Soon you will have full HD video recording on phones, so why not allow them to do a little editing? Maybe with near-field technology you can walk up to a larger screen with your phone and use it, allowing you to do "big screen stuff" while having your tiny portable phone be your main CPU. This future is not that far off.

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RE[4]: To Little - To late
by vodoomoth on Thu 19th May 2011 13:45 in reply to "RE[3]: To Little - To late"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

And yet these new machines are just as slow as a dead snail.

Don't worry, software makers are very talented in wasting CPU power. I keep asking myself what could justify the fact that a dual core Vista machine is three times slower booting than my 1998 Olivetti laptop running Windows 95. USB? Bluetooth? the wide screen ratio? or the shrinking feature added to the task tray? or maybe support for HDMI, SATA and whatnot?

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