Intel Launches 64-Bit 'Merrifield' Atom SoC in Mobile Push

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-02-24 Print this article Print

Intel officials also released more details about the next generation of 64-bit Atom processors, code-named "Moorefield." The SoC will offer up to six cores and 2.3GHz of speed, improve graphics capabilities and support faster memory. It also will be optimized for Intel's upcoming 2014 LTE platform, the XMM 7260, which the company unveiled at MWC Feb. 24. The company expects devices leveraging the Moorehead chip to hit the markets in the second half of the year.

Intel officials outlined the growing OEM support for its mobile products. Lenovo, which already offers some Intel-based mobile devices—such as the K900 smartphone—will roll out more offerings this year, and both companies will dedicate engineers and other resources to create smartphones and tablets that touch on a range of market segments. Lenovo officials also said the company will incorporate Intel's LTE technology into some Ultrabooks and other systems.

Asus also will start selling a line of Intel-based smartphones and tablets this year. Like Lenovo, Asus already sells some Intel-powered products, such as the ZenFone and PadFone mini, and at MWC, the company introduced the Fonepad 7 LTE, which features an Atom SoC and Intel LTE connectivity. In addition, Dell, which already sells the Intel-based Venue device, this year will offer more Android and Windows tablets powered by Atom SoCs.

Foxconn, which manufactures many of the mobile devices on the market today, including iPhones from Apple, will produce a range of tablets this year that include Atom chips and Intel communications technologies.

Intel made other announcements at MWC. On the security front, the company introduced its free McAfee Mobile Security offering for devices running Google's Android mobile operating system. The package includes antivirus protection, a call/SMS filter, Web protection, anti-theft technology and contact backup capabilities.

The chip maker also announced the Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel INDE), a beta productivity suite aimed at devices running both Android and Windows; the System Studio 2014 for embedded and systems development; and the XDK developer tool for apps based on HTML5.



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