Intel Atom tablet & smartphone processor @ Mobile World Congress 2013

Telecom Lead @ Mobile World Congress 2013: Chip major, which is trying to take on Qualcomm and Samsung in the mobile processor market, launched Atom SoC (Clover Trail+) platform for smartphones and Android tablets.

Qualcomm is leading mobile device GPU suppliers market in the first half of 2012. Qualcomm has 26.7 percent market share. Samsung is in second position with 22.2 percent market share. In third position, Apple has 21.1 percent market share in mobile device GPU suppliers market in the first half of 2012, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR). Shipments of GPUs in mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) during the first half of 2012 increased 69.4 percent.

Intel also announced that its multimode-multiband LTE solution will ship in the first half of this year.

The chip major also unveiled Intel Atom Z2420 processor-based platform for emerging markets.

In less than a year’s time, the company’s partners have launched Intel-based smartphones in more than 20 countries.

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Intel’s new Atom processor platform (Clover Trail+) features support for Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, supporting four simultaneous application threads and further enhancing the overall efficiency of the Atom cores.

Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group, says that its product delivers double the compute performance and up to three times the graphics capabilities1, all while maintaining competitive low power.

The new Atom platform brings imaging capabilities, including support for two cameras, with a primary camera sensor up to 16 megapixels. The imaging system enables panorama capture, a 15 frame-per-second burst mode for 8 megapixel photos, real-time facial detection and recognition, and mobile HDR image capture with de-ghosting for clearer pictures in flight.

Intel XMM 7160 is one of the world’s smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband LTE solutions (LTE / DC-HSPA+ / EDGE), supporting multiple devices including smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks.

The 7160 global modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, more than any other in-market solution. It includes configurable RF architecture running real time algorithms for envelope tracking and antenna tuning that enables cost-efficient multiband configurations, extended battery life, and global roaming in a single SKU.

Intel is currently shipping its single mode 4G LTE data solution and will begin multimode shipments later in the first half of this year. The company is also optimizing its LTE solutions concurrently with its SoC roadmap to ensure the delivery of leading-edge low-power combined solutions to the marketplace.

As part of its emerging market strategy, Intel highlighted continuing momentum with the Intel Atom Processor Z2420 platform (formerly Lexington).

Since it was first announced at CES, Acer (Thailand, Malaysia), Lava (India) and Safaricom (Kenya) have all announced new handsets.

Etisalat Misr, an operator based in Egypt and a subsidiary of Etisalat group UAE, in collaboration with Intel announced plans for the Etisalat E-20 Smartphone with Intel Inside.

Set to debut in Egypt in April, the Intel-based handset will be the first in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the second introduction in Africa to-date, building on the recent launch of Safaricom in Kenya.

Intel’s first quad-core Atom SoC (Bay Trail) will be the most powerful Atom processor to-date — doubling the computing performance of Intel’s current- generation tablet offering and providing the ecosystem with a strong technology foundation and feature set from which to innovate.

The Bay Trail platform, scheduled to be available for holiday 2013, is already running on Windows and Android and will help enable new experiences in designs as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby.

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