Intel calling it quits from smartphones
Intel, one of the biggest names in the personal computer industry has made the decision to exit the smartphone industry entirely. The personal computer processor giant has been unable to achieve the same level of success with smartphone processors the way it did with computer processors. Forbes analyst Patrick Moorhead reported the company cutting down on Atom chips, codenamed Sofia and Broxton for mobile handsets. The report of cancellation of the chips was confirmed by an Intel spokesperson, who also commented that the company will be moving onto “products that deliver higher returns and advance our strategy.”
Intel has been unable to compete with some of its mobile competitors like ARM who saw industry wide success. The Atom processors were implemented in few smartphones, the most notable being the ASUS Zenfone series. Besides ASUS, the company didn’t had any other brand to showcase it expertise in the smartphone industry. The efforts made by Intel with the Atom processors were directed towards low level and mid level cellular devices and facing fierce competition from MediaTek and Qualcomm. The company recently announced that they will be downsizing by dismissing around 12,000 employees all over the globe to reshape operations and focus on “IOT, data centers,cloud centers, 5G for future communications,connectivity, memory, gaming and home gateways.”
The company’s next move is on 5G as well as its commitment to the personal computer industry. 5G connectivity will be the next big thing in the coming years and Intel is gearing up to dominate the scene. It is the next generation of mobile network and will be a big money maker for Intel. Cellular providers AT&T and Verizon have already started testing their 5G networks. It might result to be a smart and intelligent move made by the company by focusing on where the industry is going rather than where it is right now. This move towards 5G might change the whole game and affect every device including smartphones and beyond. It will bring faster connectivity to computers, wearables, home devices, robots, drones and Internet of Thing devices.
Intel won’t be stepping away completely from the smartphone game and will still continue to produce LTE modems for various smartphone brands. According to latest rumors, Intel has struck a deal with Apple Inc for manufacturing LTE chipsets for the upcoming iPhone 7.
With everything slowly getting automated day by day, our lives will be filled with automated devices like Smart Cars, Home appliances and smartwatches it is quite clear that IOT (Internet of Things) will provide connectivity between these smart devices that will enhance our lives and change it for good.
“Connectivity is fundamental to every one of the cloud-to-thing segments we will drive. As the world moves to 5G, Intel will lead because of our technological strength to deliver end-to-end 5G systems, from modems to base stations to all the various forms of connectivity that exist today and will exist tomorrow.” says Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich.