Intel in pact with ZTE for smartphone chips


By Telecom Lead Team:Intel at the Mobile World Congress 2012 announced several
industry partnerships with Orange, Lava International, ZTE and Visa to enhance
smartphone portfolio.


We are very pleased to add new, important customers
and capabilities to our phone offerings today. We remain focused on delivering
exciting new features and outstanding performance to smartphone customers
around the world,” said Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini.


At the Mobile World Congress, Otellini announced plans to
expand its smartphone SoC and communications product roadmaps for the
performance and value smartphone market segments.


The company has already formed strategic engagements
with Motorola Mobility and Lenovo to expand the smartphone business


Orange is designing the new smartphone based on the
Intel Atom processor Z2460 reference design. Housed in a sleek body,
the design enables rich entertainment experiences and Orange services,
including Orange TV, Daily Motion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays and Orange
Gestures. The Orange smartphone will be available in the United Kingdom and
France later this summer.


With its partnership with Lava International, one of the
fastest-growing Indian mobile handset companies, Intel is entering the
high-growth market for smartphones in India. The company launched XOLO
Smartphone in partnership with Intel at the MWC 2012.


The XOLO X900 is based on Intel’s smartphone reference design
and will be the first Intel technology-based smartphone in the India market.
The device will be available from top retail outlets early in the second
quarter of 2012 and will support major Indian cellular networks.


By offering chip solutions to ZTE, Intel will enable the
global device maker to move faster and create unique and differentiated
products for wireless operators. ZTE’s first Intel-powered mobile device is
scheduled to debut in the second half of 2012.


Extending the leading performance and energy efficiency
of the Intel Atom processor Z2460, formerly codenamed Medfield,”
Intel announced that the platform will now support speeds up to 2GHz.


Intel also announced the Atom Z2580 processor that
doubles the performance of the Atom processor Z2460, and features an advanced
multimode LTE/3G/2G solution. Intel will sample the Z2580 in the second half of
the year with customer products scheduled in the first half of 2013.


Addressing the growing handset opportunity in emerging
markets where consumers look for more value at lower prices, Intel disclosed
plans for the Intel Atom processor Z2000. The Z2000 is aimed squarely at the
value smartphone market segment, which industry sources predict could reach up
to 500 million units by 20151. The platform includes a 1.0 GHz Atom CPU
offering great graphics and video performance, and the ability to access the
Web and play Google Android games.


Intel announced the XMM 7160, an advanced multimode
LTE/3G/2G platform with support for 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink, and
support for HSPA+ 42Mbps. Intel will sample the product in the second quarter
with customer designs scheduled to launch by the end of 2012.


Intel also announced that it is sampling the XMM
6360 platform, a new slim modem 3G HSPA+ solution supporting 42Mbps downlink
and 11.5Mbps uplink for small form factors.


At the Mobile World Congress, Intel
also formed major strategic partnerships.


AT&T, KT and Vodafone and their partners – Accenture,
Airbiquity, AQ, Ericsson, Intel, KTH, Qualcomm, Rsupport, Sony and Zelitron
announced they are powering  the Connected House concept of GSMA. The
Connected House features a living future where everyone and everything can
benefit from intelligent wireless connections.


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