Intel Atom-Powered Smarpthones Delayed Until Late 2011
Intel has yet to make any significant inroads to being the chip maker of new smarpthones. ARM-based chips, such as those from Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, are really the only names in town when it comes to smartphone CPUs. Intel is working on providing the Atom Z600, a lower power and high performance chip, to OEMs, but a recent comment by CEO Paul Otenelli reveals that the chip is delayed to late 2011 after intitially being touted for early 2011. The current crop of Atom chips, while great for netbooks and tablets, consume too much power for smartphones. Otellini also emphasized that Intel’s designed-for-smartphone chip, named Medfield, won’t be ready for quite some time.