Intel Partners With ARM Chip Maker Rockchip on Tablet Products
The two companies will work together to produce a quad-core SoC for entry-level tablets that includes 3G wireless technology.Intel is turning to a Chinese chip maker with a history in ARM processors to help it expand deeper into the highly competitive low-end Android tablet market. Intel officials on May 27 announced a partnership with Rockchip in which the companies will build a new family of mobile SoFIA systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) that will feature Intel's x86 Atom platform and its 3G wireless modem technology. The Intel-branded processors will help the giant chip maker fill a hole in its planned SoFIA lineup that initially included a dual-core 3G version expected to hit the market later this year, and a quad-core 4G LTE version scheduled for the first half of 2015. The quad-core 3G SoCs built with Rockchip also will come in the first half of next year, according to Intel officials. Both Intel and Rockchip will be responsible for selling them to their respective customers. No financial details about the deal were released.
"This product really is meant to sit in there [between the other two versions] as a quad-core with 3G," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a conference call with analysts and journalists following the announcement. "It's purely targeting the right product with the right features at the right cost that is really critical for this market."