CES 2012: Intel
There's no denying that Intel has shifted its focus to enhance their mobile business and they seem set to prove their detractors wrong. And they did just that at CES this year with the announcement of their very first Intel Atom Z2460 processor for mobile smartphones. Along with that, they've also jointly announced a multi-year, multi-device partnership with Motorola Mobility as well as an upcoming handset with Lenovo.
2012 will surely be an exciting year for the mobile smartphone market as Intel will finally join the Android family with the only x86 processor offering for mobile handsets. The Atom Z2460 processor has taken Intel much engineering resource as they've spared no effort to ensure the processor is power efficient and suitable to give users an all-day always-connected computing device.
“The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future.”
For now, the Intel Atom Z2460 processor will be used exclusively with Google's Android operating system although technically, it can be used to support other mobile operating systems. According to Intel, as the market grows to accept other OS, they will be committed to work with handset manufacturers to deliver them.
Besides mobile smartphone, Intel is also leading the industry in the Ultrabook revolution. With already as many as 75 Ultrabook designs in the pipeline for 2012, this new paradigm in mobile computing seems to be shaping up pretty well with leading equipment manufacturers announcing a wide range of these ultra-sleek products in the marketplace.
And the Ultrabook momentum is only going to accelerate later this year when the new breed of 22nm processors codenamed Ivy Bridge make its debut. The first-of-its-kind 3D tri-gate transistors promises to deliver better power efficiency as well as performance in both its logic and graphics engine. Intel’s CEO promised that these devices will be more secure and eliminate the discussion on trade-offs for computing, like form factor, user interface or performance. All of these will be the foundation that will ultimately help deliver on the Microsoft Windows 8's promise of re-imagining Windows.
If you need to dive deeper into what was announced at CES this year, the articles below will help get you up to speed with what to expect later this year.
Highlights from Intel at CES 2012