Chinese fabless semiconductor company Rockchip will design and sell 3G chips based on Intel’s Atom processor core. The two companies have inked an agreement, under the terms of which Intel and Rockchip will deliver an Intel-branded quad-core mobile SoC platform. Intel also sells its Atom chips to Lenovo. The mobile chips are used in Android tablets.

In another development, Intel says its SoFIA family of integrated applications processor, cellular baseband, and connectivity chips, is now made up of three different offerings. These include the dual-core 3G version expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, the quad-core 3G version that is expected to ship in the first half of 2015, and the LTE version, also due in the first half of next year.

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