Intel Working On Bringing LTE, Dual Cores To Its Smartphone SoCs

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Motorola’s announcement of the RAZR i may be the most high-profile usage of the Intel’s new Atom-based Medfield SoCs to date, but it won’t see a release in the US. As an LTE-crazy nation, it’s getting harder and harder to market new smartphones lacking 4G radios, and we haven’t seen any of these phones with Intel chips also support LTE. In a recent interview, Intel’s Director of Product Marketing Sumeet Syal commented on the lack of LTE in these first-gen Medfield designs, and touched on where the company is going from here.

The good news is that you shouldn’t have long to wait before we see Intel make the leap to LTE, with plans to introduce 4G support by the end of the year, with even more LTE devices scheduled for 2013.

Last week, we talked about Intel’s decision to launch Medfield with only a single processing core. The company’s hyper threading design is supposed to make it more competitive with multi-core chips, but maybe you wanted a little more. According to Syal, dual-core Atom-based SoCs are coming, and the combination of multiple cores and hyper threading promises to deliver some serious horsepower. Intel’s not quite ready to discuss the possibility of a similar quad-core design.

Source: TechCrunch

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