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Intel announces smaller processor, SoC aimed at cheaper phones

It is estimated that globally there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2017 .

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Taipei | Published: June 4, 2014 1:10:24 am

Intel on Tuesday announced the new Core M processor, a 14-nano meter (nm) design made primarily for fanless, detachable 2-in-1 models that will become available later this year. Intel president Renee James, who presented the keynote address at the Computex 2014 ICT fair in Taipei, also made the first phone call using Intel’s new integrated mobile SOC SoFIA.

Announcing the new 14-nm chip, James said the company can now clearly see the roadmap to a 10nm design. “This is a journey, it is not a destination,” she said. Giving a glimpse of how this new processor can change the game, James along with Asus chairman Jonney Shih showcased the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible with a 7.3mm tablet side.

Plus, as many as 130 new Intel-based Android and Windows tablets are debuting in the market this year, 10 of them just from Foxconn. Foxconn executive Young Liu said the products have been made in under five months when they first started working on Intel Atom processors.

However, there was a clear suggestion that the world’s leading chip maker was gradually branching out to other segments that have the potential to drive growth in comparison to its core PC market. “The lines between technology categories are blurring as the era of integrated computing takes hold,” she said, underlining that increasingly it is the overall experience delivered by the connected devices that matter more than the form factor. Incidentally, Intel has already showcased a host of connected devices, even a smart shirt and has just bought a smartwatch company called Basis.

But James said she essentially views wearable devices — the focus of this edition of Computex — as the commercial side of ‘Internet of Things’, that virtual web of connected devices that talk to each other.

It is estimated that globally there will be over 50 billion connected devices by 2017 compared to about 5 billion now. Later she said ‘Internet of Things’ is a substantial growth area.

(The writer is in Taipei on the invite of Intel)

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