Traditional notebook and PC sales have been stagnant the past few years, while mobile devices like tablets and smartphones continue to sell in ever-larger numbers. So it’s no surprise Intel’s been working hard to get its chips into mobile devices. And it looks like the company’s succeeding.
Intel chips dominate the Windows tablet space, but a growing number of Android tablets (and even some phones) feature Intel chips. We’ve seen a few new models from Dell and Asus during this week’s Computex trade show… but Intel says that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The company expects to see 130 different tablets with Intel chips in the market this year.
That figure includes tablets that are already available, about a dozen new models, and more tablets that are on the way.
Intel’s new XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem is also now shipping to device makers for testing and should start appearing in LTE-capable devices in the next few months.
As for phones, the company’s new SoFIA dual-core smartphone chip with integrated 3G is also on the way this year (and Intel CEO Renee James made the first public phone call using the chip on-stage at Computex) while quad-core SoFIA chips with 3G and 4G are due out in the first half of 2015.
Qualcomm, Samsung, and other chip makers using ARM-based designs aren’t just sitting still waiting for Intel to take over the market. They’ve got new chips coming out too. But Intel’s looking a lot more competitive in the mobile space these days than it was a few years ago.