PC World's Agam Shah reports that Intel has been able to get Ice Cream Sandwich on its Atom processor, co-named Medfield. Shah adds that Intel has been working on optimizing the processor for certain devices, and should be ready in time for when these devices are being released. As for talk that Intel's x86 processors can't compete in the smartphone arena, Intel CEO Paul Otellini says that the Medfield processor will beat all challengers.
Last month, we reported that the Medfield CPU's, part of Intel's line of processors, will be made specifically for mobile handsets while the Clover Trail chipsets will be used for tablets. Intel plans on moving from chips made using a 32 nm process in 2012 to 22nm the following year and 14nm the year after. Otellini says that Intel has been in the position of challenging tough competition before.
In the early 1980's, Intel went after the Vic-20 and the Apple II when first entering the PC market. Who leads that market today? You betcha. And in the early 1990's, Intel went after Sun Microsystems and IBM in the server market. Care to guess who now leads that market? And the same thing has happened with Supercomputers. So perhaps it should be TI and Qualcomm shaking in their boots with the impending addition of Intel to the smartphone market.
Back in July rumors started spreading about a very thin Intel phone powered by the Medfield processor. At the time, Android and Me's source wouldn't reveal the handset maker, but there is some word that Samsung and Intel have expanded their partnership to include smartphones. Otellini is giving a keynote speech January 10th at CES and that will be immediately followed by an event being held by Sprint which leads to speculation that the third largest carrier in the States will be the home to the Intel powered smartphone, at least in the beginning.