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While everyone else tries to figure out how to integrate 4G LTE in their chipsets, Intel has announced a SoC with integrated 3G

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While everyone else tries to figure out how to integrate 4G LTE in their chipsets, Intel has announced a SoC with integrated 3G
Intel has announced a new chipset for mobile devices, which will supposedly help bring 3G to entry-level phones without raising the price. The name of the new chip is SMARTi EU2p, and it integrates 3G power amplifies, as well as Intel's 3G HSPA radio-frequency transceiver SMARTi EU2. All of this goodness will fit into a single piece of silicon, produced on the 65-nanometer process.

Apparently, this new tech isn't designed for the top-end powerhouses that we love. Instead, this chip aims to reduce footprint compared to competitive solutions, and drive the overall costs down for devices positioned in the lower end of the hardware spectrum. Intel informs that chip samples will be sent to its partners in the beginning of Q4, so do not expect cheap Intel-powered smartphones until next year.

This is said to be the latest move by Intel in its quest to conquer the mobile market. In reality, though, the company is still far from achieving this goal, with ARM Holdings, Intel's biggest rival in this space, currently powering about 99% of the smartphone models available today.

source: eWeek

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posted on 01 Aug 2012, 04:22 1

1. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

thats just weird

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 04:29 3

2. MeoCao (unregistered)

Intel used to be a leading company, now it's a following one LOL.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 04:31 5

3. Ronoc039 (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

Its useful in a lot of International markets...

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 04:36 2

4. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

65nm and some apps still not compatible with intel ?
I don't think it's good

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 06:54 1

5. jove39 (Posts: 1965; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Intel is like years behind ARM in mobile soc market...this move just explains it!

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 08:36

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

CPU not SoC

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 06:57 1

6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Feature phones with basic social networking will come out of this. price = less than US$50.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 09:46

8. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1273; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Damn they are so late to this party, Sprint and Verizon will phase out 3 g in 2014. When Sprint phased out 2g and went cdma 3g there was no looking back as Verizon and Sprint brings in LTE 1x Advance the 3g will be phased out. Verizon is switching customers to tiered 4g as we speak today!

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 12:10

10. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

3G will not be phased out anytime soon, and even if it did it's just gonna be phased out in the US and some other 1st worlds. Developing countries is a big market share and 3G is a luxury for them, I'm happy for this news it's gonna be a 3G/4G combination much like the 2G/3G that we commonly have today.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 11:06 1

9. superguy (Posts: 298; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

I think you all need to think about what Intel is trying to do here. It's not going after the LTE market at this time. Outside of Korea, Canada and the US, you don't much LTE out there right now. 3G and related technologies are out in the world and heavily used. Many countries haven't even begun to deploy LTE.

Intel likely isn't marketing this to the US, but a worldwide audience.

Verizon still has a pretty low percentage of people on LTE at this time. That will change over time, but it'll probably be a good while until you have the majority of people on LTE.

3G is also pretty unified with just a handful of frequencies used worldwide. LTE is a mess and everyone seems to be using different blocks. It's simpler and more cost effective to make for that at this time, given the world market.

Another thing to keep in mind is that 65nm, while an older fab technology, is also very mature and Intel is VERY good at it now. Yields are probably very high. They probably have 65nm fab space available. Rather than investing in a less mature technology, having to retool and get a lower yield, they can use what's available and try to make something off of it.

If Intel's capable of donig this and having as low of power consumption they've claimed (upwards of 20x less than Ivy Bridge), then it will be pretty darn good by the time it gets to more advanced processes.

Bottom line: don't right this off just because it's likely not going to be popular in the US. There are a lot of places in the world where this can sell.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 18:29

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

65NM? LOL. When was the last time that's been used?

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 21:54

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

wow intel for low end...

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