Intel partners with ZTE, Lava on phones
Intel has obviously done a lot of work to bring its Atom chips to smartphones, and now the chip maker revealed that it has partnered with ZTE and Indian phone maker Lava for new devices.
"We are very pleased to add new, important customers and capabilities to our phone offerings today," Intel head Paul Otellini said. "We remain focused on delivering exciting new features and outstanding performance to smartphone customers around the world."
Intel has already shaken hands with Orange over a handset named Monte Carlo that will come with Atom silicon. Intel’s first Atom Z2460 chip is expected to arrive in the second quarter of the year, but the company is already promising two new chips to start sampling in the second half of the year and arrive on products in early 2013.
The new handsets from ZTE and Lava should come with the first chip, which is made using 32nm manufacturing technology. The Lava Xolo X900 is simply Intel’s rebranded reference platform and it will go on sale early next quarter. ZTE’s first Intel phones will ship by end-2012.
Intel has allegedly chosen ZTE and Lava with their outreach in Asia and Europe, as the company realizes ARM’s presence is too strong in the US.