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Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business

4/29/2016 11:43 PM EDT
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Ollittm
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Too bad (for chinese)
Ollittm   5/6/2016 5:20:13 AM
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Chinese tablet makers really love Intel SOCs. You're struggling to find Rockchip or Mediatek these days. It's probably because Intel has been selling these things at cost. Also they tend to make them Win10 tablets these day. Stick a keyboard and a mouse to that and you've got a mini-PC that can actually run many windows programs. 

In fact the Cherry Trail is a pretty decent tablet chip. Too bad the Android software is usually pretty bad as these Chinese makers are really fly-by-night operators that are here today, gone tomorrow. But if you're hankering for a $100 tablet that you can give for your son, it's a very attractive proposal..

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does this include x3-M7272
garykidwell   5/3/2016 6:32:56 PM
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Does this cancellation news include the x3-M7272 ?

Srinivas Dronamraju
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Cypress buying Broadcom's Wireless IoT group ?
Srinivas Dronamraju   5/3/2016 12:39:11 PM
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Can somebody comment on the news that Cypress is acquiring Broadcom's wireless IoT business with all short range connectivity technology assets in it, including Zigbee, Bluetooth, WICED and WiFi business. All of it valued at $550 million. Has Broadcom/Avago started selling off divisions already?

Appreciate if some insights are given out.

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http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1329580
Al111   5/2/2016 6:20:33 PM
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The following link would help answer some questions: http://www.anandtech.com/show/10288/intel-broxton-sofia-smartphone-socs-cancelled

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Not Agile enough
chipmonk0   5/2/2016 5:28:47 PM
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Intel has proved to be NOT agile enough to penetrate the fast moving mobile business. Decades of dominance in CPUs for PCs and Servers seems to have ossified the once nimble / paranoid start-up. Intel missed the Smartphone wave because in '07 its Board had chosen an ECONOMIST to lead the technology giant ! They repeated their blunder by chosing a Fab guy ( that too with just a BS in Phys Chem ) to strategize & lead when Software, Architecture & Chip Design were clearly the weaknesses.

Perhaps Intel needs a new Board, or it should just buy up ARM no matter how much that costs

 

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Not Dead Yet
Some Guy   5/2/2016 11:52:09 AM
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So then why say that the entire Atom line is dead, if it's only the cell phone and tablet versions? Why would you imply that the IoT and Microserver Atoms are discontinued?

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Re: Bad Headline ?
junko.yoshida   5/2/2016 8:28:17 AM
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As I wrote in the article, this is what Intel spokesperson told us.
  • The Broxton platform for phones and tablets is cancelled, effective immediately
  • SoFIA 3GX, LTE and LTE2 commercial platforms are cancelled, effective immediately

So, that pretty much sums up Intel's mobile SoCs for smartphones.

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Re: ....
realjjj   5/1/2016 8:18:42 PM
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Phones and server for now, then glasses and robots (including cars and drones). In phones 5 different SoC makers already announced 14/16nm SoCs in the midrange. Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Mediatek Helio P20, Huawei/Hisilicon Kirin 650 , Samsung Exynos 7870 and Spreadtrum SC9860. There could be more, maybe from Leadcore/Xiaomi, ZTE and others. Pretty impressive that mobile mid range and PC GPUs are transitioning to FinFET at the same time. With glasses the form factor is very restrictive, will be difficult to reach good enough with just the process. Great is so much harder, AMD talks about 16k displays per eye at 144Hz and i am sure they are thinking pf VR glasses connected to a desktop PC but stand-alone glasses need to get there too, the sooner the better.


This does remind me that Intel giving up on smartphones might help their foundry business, assuming that's still a goal for them.They don't seem to mention the foundry business at all lately.

 

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Re: Bad Headline ?
realjjj   5/1/2016 7:30:10 PM
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In smartphone there is nothing else, except the older products that are shipping and will have to ship for a while, they can't just stop without warning.

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Murthy's hammer
rick merritt   5/1/2016 2:11:07 PM
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In the conference call when he announced the 12% layoffs, BK said his new client computing (and IoT) division chief, Venkata "Murthy" Renduchintala, was doing an analysis of what products would stay and go.  Looks like the former Qualcomm chip exec decided Intel's applications processors weren't competitive.

Indeed over the last few months I had been asking Intel who is using Sofia (codesigned with China's Rockchip) or any new parts co-designed with Spreadtrum and got "no comment."

It must be painful for Intel to see despite many efforts (with StrongARM, flash, Atom and etc). it missed the whole smartphone boom which Qualcomm rode and is now plateau-ing.

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