Intel unveiled new processors for mobile devices at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona today.
Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today announced a series of mobile platforms including the company's new low-cost system-on-chip (SoC) for phones, phablets and tablets, a global LTE solution at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The Intel Atom x3 processor series (formerly code-named "SoFIA"), Intel's first integrated communications platform for entry and value tablets, phablets and smartphones.
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The Atom x3 is combining 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom processors together with 3G or 4G LTE connectivity, the integrated communications SoC combines the applications processor, image sensor processor, graphics, audio, connectivity and power management components in a single system chipset. The Intel Atom x3 processor family includes Intel Atom x3-C3130, Atom x3-C3230RK and Atom x3-C3440.
This integration allows manufacturers to deliver full-featured tablets, phablets and smartphones at lower price points.
Intel also introduced its first 14nm Intel Atom SoC, the Intel Atom x5 and x7 processor series (formally code-named "Cherry Trail") for next-generation tablets and small-screen 2-in-1s. Offering 64-bit support for Windows and Android, Intel Gen 8 graphics, and an option to pair with next-generation LTE Advanced connectivity, the Intel Atom x5 and x7 processor series will power a range of mainstream to premium devices.
Intel says that the new Atom processors are also conflict-free. This means that these products do not contain minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that are funding human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Customers, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, have already committed to deliver devices on this platform. The first devices are expected to be in the market in the first half of this year.
Intel also announced its third-generation five-mode, LTE Advanced Category 10 modem. The Intel XMM 7360 supports 3x carrier aggregation and download speeds up to 450 Mbps. Its compact size and power efficiency enable the Intel XMM 7360 to accommodate a wide range of form factors, from smartphones and phablets to tablets and PCs.
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It also expands Intel's portfolio of LTE solutions, giving device manufacturers a competitive option to quickly design and launch LTE devices in various market segments and geographies. At Mobile World Congress, the company also demonstrated a pre-5G concept system that combines LTE with 802.11ad to deliver speeds of more than 1 Gbps using Intel technology end-to-end.