Intel unveiled a range of new products, ecosystem and efforts at the Mobile World Congress that is just beginning in Barcelona.
The announcements include a new dual-core Atom SoC (‘Clover Trail+’) platform, and the company’s first global, multimode-multiband LTE solution that will ship in the first half of this year
Hermann Eul (Vice president, Co-general manager, Mobile and Communications Group, Intel): In less than a year’s time we have worked closely with our customers to bring Intel-based smartphones to market in more than 20 countries around the world.
Atom SoC Platform
Intel’s new Atom processor platform and smartphone reference design delivers performance with low-power and long battery life.
The platform’s 32nm dual core Intel Atom Processors — Z2580, Z2560, Z2520 — are available in speeds up to 2.0 GHz, 1.6 GHz and 1.2GHz, respectively. The processor also features support for Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, supporting four simultaneous application threads.
The integrated platform also includes an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator engine with a graphics core supporting up to 533MHz with boost mode.
The new Atom platform also brings advanced imaging capabilities, including support for two cameras, with a primary camera sensor up to 16 megapixels. The imaging system enables panorama capture, a 15 frame-per-second burst mode for 8 megapixel photos, real-time facial detection and recognition, and mobile HDR image capture with de-ghosting for clearer pictures in flight.
The platform is also equipped with Intel dentity Protection Technology (Intel IPT), enabling two-factor authentication.
Intel is working with partners including Feitian, Garanti Bank, MasterCard, McAfee, SecureKey Technologies, Symantec, Vasco Data Security International and Visa to incorporate this technology into their services.
Customers announcing support for Clover Trail+ platform for phones and tablets include ASUS, Lenovo, and ZTE.
Intel 4G LTE
Intel’s strategy is to deliver a low-power, global modem solution that works across multiple bands, modes, regions and devices.
The Intel XMM 7160 is one of the world’s smallest2 and lowest-power multimode-multiband LTE solutions (LTE / DC-HSPA+ / EDGE), supporting multiple devices including smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks, says Intel.
The 7160 global modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, and also includes a RF architecture running real time algorithms for envelope tracking and antenna tuning.
Intel is currently shipping its single mode 4G LTE data solution and will begin multimode shipments later in the first half of this year. The company is also optimizing its LTE solutions concurrently with its SoC roadmap.
Intel Atom Platform Z2420
Intel sees tremendous opportunity in delivering rich Intel-based mobile experiences to consumers across emerging markets, says the company.
Since the Intel Atom Processor Z2420 platform (formerly ‘Lexington’) was first announced at CES, Acer (Thailand, Malaysia), Lava (India) and Safaricom (Kenya) have all announced new handsets. Etisalat Misr, a telco operator based in Egypt and a subsidiary of Etisalat group UAE, is launching the Etisalat E-20 Smartphone with Intel Inside. ASUS will announce a new Android tablet based on the Intel Atom Processor Z2420.
Tablets with Intel Inside
Intel’s first quad-core Atom SoC (‘Bay Trail’) processor, will be the most powerful Atom processor to-date, says Intel, doubling the computing performance of Intel’s current- generation tablet offering.
The ‘Bay Trail’ platform, scheduled to be available for holiday 2013, is already up and running on Windows and Android.
Intel is currently working with Compal, ECS, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron to accelerate ‘Bay Trail’ tablets to the market. The company is also working with OEM partners globally.
Mobile Devices with Intel Inside
Intel announced an expansion of its ecosystem enabling efforts to deliver new device and market innovations across a range of Windows and Android-based mobile devices.
The new program will focus on accelerating time to market for mobile devices based on Intel architecture. The program will focus first on tablets, followed by phones, providing pre-qualified solutions with building blocks to scale designs quickly for mature and emerging markets. The Atom Processor Z2760 and the company’s forthcoming 22nm Atom SoC, will be the starting foundation for the effort.