Intel Set To Unveil New Dual-core Processors At MWC 2013
From some reason, Intel took a break from the mobile market, but eventually it made a strong return to manufacturing SoCs for smartphones last year, coming with products such as the Motorola RAZR i. So far, Intel has made only Atop chips, all of them being single-core components. However, the director of Product Marketing of Intel stated last September that the company will focus on dual-core chips. Recently, Intel revealed that the dual-core Atoms are completed and available for the market. The company will unveil them at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, later this month.
This doesn’t mean that Intel won’t continue manufacturing single-core processors. Devices such as the Acer Liquid C1 will still remain part of the company’s plans for the future, the phone being meant for emerging markets. However, the dual-core Atoms will give Intel the possibility to enter the market of higher-end products. Until now, no details about the chips have been made public, but we think that the combination of dual cores, dual GPUs, and the Hyper-Threading Technology developed by Intel might bring a performance able to compete with other high-end smartphones.
In spite of all of Intel’s efforts, it’s not easy to succeed in a market where NVIDIA is trying to implement the Tegra 4 into devices and where Qualcomm is a manufacturer that provides SoCs for many smartphone brands. Intel has got to compete with rivals that already have a name on the market, it’s not all about having the chips ready to go. The only chance Intel has is to profit from its good relationship with Motorola. To be honest, I won’t be surprised if the first device powered by a dual-core Atom would be launched by Motorola.