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IDF: Intel pushes smartphone chips and Ultrabook power usage

Cliff Saran

Intel is to develop smartphone processors for the Google Android operating system, as the company drives its business into the smartphone market.

During the Intel Developer's Forum, the chipmaker unveiled a joint collaboration with Google to develop Android devices running on the Atom processor. The joint effort is designed to speed time-to-market of Intel technology-based smartphones running the Android platform.

"Our collaboration with Google will bring a powerful new capability to market that helps accelerate industry innovation, adoption and choice," said Intel president Paul Otellini. "I'm excited by the possibilities of this collaboration. It will enable our customers to bring exciting new products and user experiences to market that harness the combined potential of Intel architecture and the Android platform."

The company is working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products over the next few months, which promise to deliver lighter and sleeker computing.

The company is also developing power management capabilities in Ultrabooks laptops that will aid in the delivery of always-on-always-connected computing. It claims the advances will enable Ultrabooks to stay connected when in standby mode, keeping e-mail, social media and digital content up-to-date.

Otellini said Intel's researchers have created a chip that could allow a computer to power up on a solar cell the size of a postage stamp. Referred to as a "near threshold voltage core", this Intel architecture research chip pushes the limits of transistor technology to tune power use to extremely low levels, he said.


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