Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on 4G LTE chips, tablets

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized on tablets, mobile computing devices, advanced 4G LTE solutions for the telecom industry.

At the Intel Developer Forum, Krzanich said the company will introduce Bay Trail, Intel’s first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile devices – this week.

Meanwhile, Intel President Renée James said: “Semiconductor-based technology will continue to address the world’s most pressing problems and exciting opportunities, changing how we live our lives, run our cities and care for our health.”

Bay Trail is based on Intel’s Silvermont microarchitecture, which will power a range of Android and Windows designs, most notably tablets and 2 in 1 devices.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Krzanich announced the Intel Quark processor family. The new lower-power products will extend Intel’s reach to growing segments from the industrial Internet-of-Things to wearable computing. It is designed for applications where lower power and size take priority over higher performance.

Intel will sample form-factor reference boards based on the first product in this family during the fourth quarter of this year to help partners accelerate development of tailored, optimized solutions initially aimed at the industrial, energy and transportation segments.

Intel 4G solutions

In 4G wireless data communications, Krzanich said Intel’s LTE solution provides an alternative for multimode, multiband 4G connectivity, removing a critical barrier to Intel’s progress in the smartphone market segment.

Intel is now shipping a multimode chip, the Intel XMM 7160 modem, which is one of the world’s smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband solutions for global LTE roaming.

Intel XMM 7260 modem, is also under development. Expected to ship in 2014, the Intel XMM 7260 modem will deliver LTE-Advanced features, such as carrier aggregation, timed with future advanced 4G network deployments.

Krzanich showed the carrier aggregation feature of the Intel XMM 7260 modem doubling throughput speeds.

He also demonstrated a smartphone platform featuring both the Intel XMM 7160 LTE solution and Intel’s next-generation Intel Atom SoC for 2014 smartphones and tablets codenamed Merrifield. Merrifield is expected to deliver increased performance, power-efficiency and battery life over Intel’s current-generation offering.

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