Intel Shows Off New Range of LTE-A Chipsets -- Announces New Device Partners
Published on: 24th Feb 2014
By: David Ng
Intel's President Renee James has outlined the company's expanding portfolio of computing and communications assets for the smallest of devices to the most complex mobile networks.
At an Intel news conference, James introduced two Intel Atom processors, an LTE-A communications platform, and announced multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asus and Foxconn to expand the availability of Intel-based mobile devices.
"The continued growth of the mobile ecosystem depends on solving tough computing challenges -- unlocking data's potential while securely and reliably connecting billions of devices with leading edge computing and communications technologies," said James. "Today we are announcing leading communications products as well as new computing platforms. As a result, Intel is well-positioned to shape the future of mobile computing and the Internet of Things."
New Intel Atom Processors and LTE-A Platform
Intel launched the 2.13GHz Intel Atom processor Z3480 ("Merrifield") that offers a combination of fast performance and long battery life for Android smartphones and tablets.
Based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, the new processor also features a PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core from Imagination Technologies and is designed for simple pairing with the Intel XMM 7160 LTE platform. Merrifield is the first Intel Atom SoC to feature the new Intel Integrated Sensor Solution, which efficiently manages sensor data to keep applications smart and contextually aware even when the device is in a low-power state.
Intel expects Merrifield-based devices from multiple OEMs to launch beginning in the second quarter.
James noted that all Intel Atom processors today support a 64-bit computing experience.
"Sixty-four bit computing is moving from the desktop to the mobile device," James said. "Intel knows 64-bit computing, and we're the only company currently shipping 64-bit processors supporting multiple operating systems today, and capable of supporting 64-bit Android when it is available."
Intel also disclosed new details on its next-generation 64-bit Intel Atom processor, code-named "Moorefield" for devices expected to be available in the second half of the year. Building on the Merrifield feature set, Moorefield adds two additional Intel architecture (IA) cores for up to 2.3GHz of compute performance, an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory. Moorefield is optimized for Intel's 2014 LTE platform, the Intel XMM 7260, which the company also introduced today.
The Intel XMM 7260 delivers competitive LTE-Advanced capabilities including carrier aggregation (supporting 23 CA combinations in a single chip), category 6 speeds and support for TDD LTE and TD-SCDMA, which expands the addressable market.
James also revealed the features of the free, full-featured McAfee Mobile Security offering for Android devices now available. It includes enhanced protection features and, for the first time, unlocks security extensions for Intel-based mobile devices, making it the most comprehensive, free mobile solution for consumers on the market. Specifically, the free McAfee Mobile Security includes anti-virus, app protection, web protection, and call/SMS filter, in addition to anti-theft and contact back-up.
In an effort to accelerate development and availability of applications for Intel-based devices, James announced the Intel Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel INDE), a beta productivity suite for devices running on both Android and Microsoft Windows. Intel also introduced the Intel System Studio 2014 for embedded and systems development and the Intel XDK developer tool for HTML5-based apps to enable developers to simplify and accelerate time-to-market development of innovative web and hybrid content mobile apps that run faster and better.
Transforming Wireless Networks
In an effort to bring the benefits of a standards-based approach to communications networks consistent with Intel's work in data centers and the cloud, James announced expanded relationships with Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco to accelerate network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined network (SDN) technologies. By working to optimize these technologies on IA, service providers will be offered a faster and more flexible network that enables them to quickly scale new services.
James also highlighted numerous Intel-based trials with global operators including China Mobile, SK Telecom and Telefonica that are demonstrating the benefits of NFV and SDN for enabling personalized and contextually aware services, improving asset utilization, and simplifying installations and upgrades.