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At the Mobile World Congress trade-show this week, Intel Corp. disclosed three additional partners to supply smartphones based on its Atom Z2460 "Medfield" system-on-chip (SoC). Starting from the Q2 2012, Lava, Orange and ZTE, in addition to Motorola Mobility and Lenovo, plan to release their x86 smartphones.

Similar to its previously announced partnership with Motorola Mobility, Intel also announced a multi-year mobile device collaboration across smartphones and tablets with global handset maker ZTE. The company believes that alliance with Intel will enable ZTE to move faster and create unique and differentiated products for wireless operators. ZTE's first Intel-powered mobile device is scheduled to debut in the second half of 2012.

Intel also teamed up with Lava International to enter rapidly growing smartphone market in India. Lava Xolo X900 handset is based on Intel's smartphone reference design and will be available from top retail outlets early in the second quarter of 2012 and will support major Indian cellular networks.

Orange, one of the largest carriers in Europe, also decided to ship its  smartphone based on the Intel Atom Z2460 reference design starting this summer in France and the U.K. Orange plans to offer exclusive rich entertainment experiences and Orange services, including Orange TV, Daily Motion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays and Orange Gestures.

Intel smartphone reference design is based on Atom Z2460 system-on-chip (Atom core at 1.60GHz, PowerVR-based graphics core with OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1, OpenVG 1.1 support clocked at 400MHz with hardware accelerated high-definition 1080p video playback, 32-bit LPDDR2 memory controller and so on) supporting HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 communication processor. The reference design smartphones have 4.03" screens, 8MP cameras and use Google Android 4.0 operating system.

Tags: Intel, Medfield, Atom, Lenovo, Android, Orange, ZTE, Lava

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I really don't see the point of x86 in smartphones running Android. The only sane reason I could see for handset manufacturers to be using this is if Intels fabrication process leadership allows them to achieve a better performance:power ratio than ARM chips, despite the handicap of their architecture.
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I only see a market of 2.5 billion people buying Microsoft's Windows and Intel "magic" when they could get Google and ARM much cheaper.
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Point iz to make manufacturers of ARM processors to work together and develop no proprietary CPU'S so they can defeat last standing giant - Intel and put X86 architecture in pension...
0 1 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 02/29/12 01:59:37 PM]
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