After taking a bit of a hiatus from the mobile scene, Intel got back into the business of making SoCs for smartphones last year, bringing us devices like Motorola’s RAZR i. While the Atom chips we’ve seen so far have been single-core components, last September we heard from Intel’s Director of Product Marketing that dual-core components were in the pipeline. Now the company has revealed that these dual-core Atoms are finally ready to go public, and it will be showing them off at the MWC later this month.
While phones built around single-core Atoms, like the Acer Liquid C1 we just told you about, will continue to be a part of Intel’s smartphone strategy, targeted at customers in emerging markets, the arrival of dual-core chips could spell the opportunity for Intel to be a part of higher-end devices. While we don’t have many technical details on these new chips just yet, the combination of dual cores, dual GPUs, and Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology could result in some impressive performance.
Of course, considering what we’ve heard about NVIDIA’s struggles with getting the Tegra 4 into devices, there’s more to this game than simply having the chips, and Intel is going to have to strategize how it wants to lure manufacturers away from more popular SoCs from the likes of Qualcomm. Perhaps it can use its existing relationship with Motorola to get a dual-core Atom onto one of the manufacturer’s upcoming models.