Chip vendor Intel has joined hands with Rockchip to expand its presence in the entry-level Android tablet market.
The two companies will deliver an Intel-branded mobile SoC platform. The quad-core platform will be based on an Intel Atom processor core integrated with Intel’s 3G modem technology, said Intel.
The strategic partnership will enable Intel to expand Intel’s SoFIA integrated mobile SoC platforms for entry level Android mobile devices.
Intel said the new quad-core SoFIA 3G part is expected to be available in the first half of 2015, aiming primarily at budget tablets.
The Intel SoFIA family was added to Intel’s mobile product roadmap late last year and includes Intel’s first integrated applications processor and communications platform.
The agreement with Rockchip also enables Intel to ramp new customers with a broader portfolio of products faster.
“The strategic agreement with Rockchip is an example of Intel’s commitment to take pragmatic and different approaches to grow our presence in the global mobile market by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO.
The deal with Intel expands Rockchip’s product portfolio.
With today’s announcement, the Intel SoFIA family is made up of three different offerings, including the dual-core 3G version expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, the quad-core 3G version that is expected to ship in the first half of 2015, and the LTE version, also due in the first half of next year.
Pricing for the quad-core SoFIA 3G part will be disclosed at a later date, Intel said.
Under the agreement, both Intel and Rockchip will sell the new part to OEMs and ODMs, primarily into each company’s existing customer base.
Intel India recently outlined its strategy to accelerate its growth in India, driven by an increased focus on new mobile form factors like 2 in 1s and Tablets. It also showcased a portfolio of these devices available in the Indian market today, offered by various OEMs and developer momentum to drive applications for Intel Architecture based devices.
TelecomLead News Team