Intel powers a huge portion of the world’s PCs, and next year the manufacturer is hoping to make an impact on the smartphone and tablet market.
Technology Review recently got its hands on a handful of Intel-based prototypes, and they were reportedly rather impressive.
The “reference designs” are being sent out to manufacturers in an attempt to convince them to rock Intel inside. "They can use as much or as little of the reference design as they like," says Stephen Smith, VP of Intel's architecture group.
Apparently the smartphone reference design is very similar to the iPhone 4, and runs Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Smith explains that Intel has included circuits specifically designed to enhance Android app and web browsing speed.
Technology Review describes the prototype as “powerful and pleasing to use, on a par with the latest iPhone and Android handsets”, and notes that it could play BluRay-quality movies or stream to an HDTV.
"This is our first offering that's truly a single chip," says Smith. "We expect products based on these to be announced in the first half of 2012." In fact, it was hinted that there might be big Intel-related news at CES in Vegas next month.
Methinks 2012 might be quite an interesting year.