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Intel Corp. on Monday revealed additional information about its future solutions for mobile and ultra-mobile devices, such as smartphones and media tablets. The company formally introduced its low-cost Lexington platform and reference design for affordable smartphones and also provided a glimpse onto the next-generation solution for performance and mainstream smartphones.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveiled a new low-power Atom processor-based platform (formerly "Lexington") and smartphone reference design, targeted at the value smartphone market segment, which industry analysts predict could reach 500 million units by 2015. Customers announcing support for the platform include Acer, Lava International and Safaricom.

The new platform brings Intel's classic product strengths to this growing smartphone market segment, including impressive performance for quick web browsing, and a robust multimedia and Android applications experience.

The new value offering includes many high-end features including the Intel Atom processor Z2420 with Intel Hyper-Threading technology that can achieve speeds of 1.2GHz, 1080p hardware-accelerated encode/decode, and support for up to two cameras delivering advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows people to capture seven pictures in less than a second in 5MP quality. The platform also includes the Intel XMM 6265 HSPA+ modem that offers Dual SIM/Dual standby capability for cost-conscious consumers.

"The addition of the low-power Atom platform enables Intel to address new market segments and further rounds out our expanding portfolio of smartphone offerings. We believe the experience that comes with Intel Inside will be a welcomed choice by first-time buyers in emerging markets, as well as with our customers who can deploy more cost-conscious devices without sacrificing device performance or user experience," said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of the mobile and communications group.

Mr. Bell also highlighted the forthcoming Intel Atom Z2580 processor platform (formerly "Clover Trail+") targeted at performance and mainstream smartphones. The platform includes a dual-core Atom processor with Intel Hyper-Threading technology, and also features a dual-core graphics engine. He said the new platform will deliver up to two times the performance benefits over Intel's current-generation solution (Intel Atom processor Z2460 platform), while also offering competitive power and battery life.

Tags: Intel, Lexington, Clover Trail+, Atom, 32nm

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