Can Intel Catch ARM?

Here Comes Medfield

Intel has a more direct answer to ARM waiting in the wings, and it’s a successor to the chipmaker’s low-power Moorestown platform. Codenamed Medfield, it promises substantial reductions in size and power. Anand Chandrasekher, Intel’s senior VP and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group, recently bragged at Mobile World Congress that the 32nm chip will have the longest usage time of any mobile CPU, or the most “active power.”

Intel’s Kircos says having both Oak Trail-based chips (based on PCs) and Medfield chips (geared towards phones) gives his company a unique and compelling one-two punch. “It’s interesting when you have this discussion with customers, because you talk about how we can give this much better battery life on a phone chip versus our PC chip.”

When will Medfield actually surface? Intel has only flashed a prototype thus far, but says that a Medfield-powered handset running Android will ship this year. And there’s more on the horizon. “We’ve got another whale out there that we’re trying to close a phone deal with,” said Kircos. “I’m comfortable that if we close those two deals, we’ll open a whole lot of eyes.”

Intel vs ARM

Mark Spoonauer
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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Techy Says:

    I hope in the mist of all these improvements in chips that they also make improvements in the OS, or more over I a better keyboard to type on

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