Motorola Mobility (GOOG) plans to launch an Android phone featuring an Intel (INTC) Medfield...

Motorola Mobility (GOOG) plans to launch an Android phone featuring an Intel (INTC) Medfield Atom processor on Sep. 18. The launch will come 13 days after the expected unveiling of the Droid M with Verizon. Separately, details have leaked about Valleyview, Intel's next-gen Atom solution for mobile devices. Like Intel's Ivy Bridge PC CPUs, Valleyview, expected to arrive in late 2013, will leverage an advanced 22nm manufacturing process and feature a proprietary graphics processor. (yesterday)

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  • jerrycalpha
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    This is sort has a chance to change the balance, I think. Having an x86 processor supported by Android will definitely give Intel a huge foot in the smart phone door. Until now, it's been all ARM based, but if they succeed, the watch out for Microsoft. The reason is that their stuff will port easily now that Windows 8 is in the neighborhood.
    29 Aug 2012, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • casselp_2000
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    Picture the Apple legal team looking for a reason to pounce...
    29 Aug 2012, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    How do you think Apple could pounce on this? They don't own anything in INTC. Or are you just saying this because it's an android phone?
    29 Aug 2012, 01:19 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Who is going to buy it? The Atom cpu's are mobile dogs, bad battery life, hot running, fat and slow, at least 2 to 3 years away performance wise.
    29 Aug 2012, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Uh huh...


    Medfield blows away the latest Cortex A9 dual core chips with a single core in a similar power envelope. Also goes head-to-head with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, which is based on a modern, Cortex A15 level chip on the 28nm process.


    This is the same, 2008 Atom core that's been around for ages.
    29 Aug 2012, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • J.D. Welch
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    And Intel will be making 22nm Atom chips in the not-too-distant future... :-)


    Meanwhile, TSMC just turned down a $1B request by both Qualcomm and Apple (seperately) to fab chips for them, and are still (as far as I know) having yield problems at 22nm.


    In 3-5 years the smartphone space will be very different from what it is today, at least IMHO...
    31 Aug 2012, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • Mathieu Malecot
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    facts are for suckers Eassa. buy the hype!
    1 Sep 2012, 01:33 AM Reply Like
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