Intel to develop ARM-based smartphone chips

Targeting smartphone chipmakers like Qualcomm and potentially Apple, Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with rival ARM Holdings to produce 10-nanometre ARM chips.

South Korean consumer electronics company LG will be one of the first customers to use Intel’s new service, the chip giant announced at the ongoing Intel Developer Forum here.

“LG Electronics will produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry’s 10 nm design platform,” said Zane Ball, co-general manager of Intel Custom Foundry at Intel Corporation.

Intel Custom Foundry has developed full-featured design platforms on Intel’s 22 nm, 14 nm and the forthcoming 10 nm FinFET process.

“Our 10 nm technology will provide improvements in transistor scaling and offer new performance, power and cost benefits as well as a wide range of device features to meet different product requirements,” Ball added.

The 10 nm design platform for foundry customers will now offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP.

“Optimising this technology for Intel’s 10 nm process means that foundry customers can take advantage of the IP to achieve best-in-class PPA (power, performance, area) for power-efficient, high-performance implementations of their designs for mobile, IoT and other consumer applications,” Bell said.

Giving a renewed push to its dream of making it big in the world of virtual reality, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT), Intel has announced several projects during its ongoing three-day Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week.

The company unveiled Intel Project Alloy — an all-in-one VR solution that features the compute and sensors integrated directly into the headset and leverages “Intel RealSense” technology.

Intel is also collaborating with Microsoft to bring VR to mainstream PCs, the company said in a statement on wednesday.

During the annual conference organised from August 16-18, CEO Brian Krzanich introduced the new Intel Joule platform for the IoT — a high-end compute platform capable of delivering human-like senses to a new generation of smart devices.

He also announced the availability of the Yuneec Typhoon H drone, Intel Aero Platform Compute Board and the Intel Aero Platform Ready-to-Fly Drone.

Speaking about the importance of role developers are playing in bringing company’s projects to life, the company also announced the Intel Euclid Developer Kit for researchers and robotics developers.

The device integrates sense, compute and connect capabilities in an all-in-one candy bar size form-factor that gives developers the ability to quickly create applications with “Intel RealSense” technology.

Krzanich also explained his vision for merged reality — a new way of experiencing physical and virtual interactions and environments through a suite of next-generation sensing and digitising technologies.

“Merged reality delivers virtual world experiences more dynamically and naturally than ever before — and makes experiences impossible in the real world now possible,” said Krzanich.