Print 48 comment(s) - last by JumpingJack.. on Feb 21 at 2:39 AM

Despite never being battle tested, Intel claims its smart phone processors will be the most powerful on the planet.  (Source: Funimation/Toei)
Hardware giant says that its upcoming Atom-based smart phone processor will crush ARM chips in power, performance

Intel certainly is taking a bold, if dangerous position.  Without having shipped a single smart phone system on a chip, it's claiming that its first generation smart phone chips will beat ARM designs when Intel launches the chips to the market later this year.

Speaking at the Mobile World Conference 2011 in Barcelona, Spain Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, made this bold prediction.  He concedes that the upcoming smart phone core, dubbed Medfield, will only tie ARM cores in standby time.  But he claims it will blow away the competition in the amount of time the phone can remain active and how fast it can perform processing.

That seems a bit overly optimistic, given that Intel is only in its first generation, while most ARM CPU makers are well into their second or third generation.

The good news for Intel, though, is that at least it appears like it will be delivering a product sometime soon.  It says [press release] it is currently producing the smart phone chips, which should be due in products late this year.  

The first generation chips come with an HSPA+ modem, courtesy of the technology that Intel acquired from its $1.4B USD purchase of Infineon.  While ARM processors with on-chip LTE modems should be available near the start of next year, Intel's LTE-ready chips won't arrive until holiday season 2012.  

The most immediate problem (other than living up to its huge claims) facing Intel is convincing hardware manufacturers to embrace Medfield.  If the performance is as Earth-shaking as Intel claims that shouldn't be too hard to do -- but if the performance is closer to what one would expect in reality, it may be an uphill battle for Intel.  So far only LG has showed off an Atom-based smart phone prototype.  No hardware partners have been announced, though Intel claims it should begin shipping product later this year.

The big issue facing Intel, though, is that if it isn't able to live up to its boastful claims and doesn't take the fight to ARM, ARM will likely take the fight to it.  Qualcomm has already aired a quad-core 2.5 GHz ARM chip that will be available next year.  With Windows 8 set to support ARM-based PCs, Intel could be in a world of hurt in the power-conscience laptop market.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By xeddit on 2/15/2011 1:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly... overpromise and underdeliver.

Awesome pic! Now if I could just remember his name..

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By mdbrotha on 2/15/2011 2:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
Mr. Satan or Hurcle

Dragon Ball Z/GT

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By morphologia on 2/15/2011 3:24:39 PM , Rating: 3
Now, to make the comparison with Hercule Satan complete, Intel should call its next generation of mobile/ultraportable chips the "Super Megaton Miracle Chips."

Personally, I think "it's a trick!!!"

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By geddarkstorm on 2/15/2011 3:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
Those ARM chips fast web page loading times? Those absurd graphics on the iPhone 4? Smoke and mirrors!

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/15/2011 5:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of web page loading times, Apple got smacked down in England for their commercials showing unrealistic speeds of the iPhone loading apps and navigating web pages. Smoke and mirrors indeed!

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By angryplayer on 2/19/2011 3:22:01 AM , Rating: 2
Blog it, dangit!

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By Jierdan on 2/15/2011 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Intel could be putting the cart before the horse. As for the pic, that's Mister Satan.

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By chick0n on 2/15/2011 2:54:13 PM , Rating: 2
That pic deserves a +10

RE: oohhh - the Larrabee speech
By TeXWiller on 2/15/2011 4:10:13 PM , Rating: 3
Be careful, it might go over 9000 really quick if people keep adding to it like that.

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki