Intel Merrifield To Be Announced At 2013 Mobile World Congress
"Intel's Atom is so huge, they don't have space to fit LTE until they shrink everything down to 14nm from the sound of it."
[You wanna see a huge chip, then buy a new iPad. That's a huge honking chip. But it will keep you warm in the winter. All about the fabrication. Um, remind me when ARM will have 14nm production. Oh, that's right - never...]
[PS. Not long now til Intel volume 14nm production...]
"Intel separates its production of LTE/4G and Atom processors. Eul believes it is too early in the evolution of Intel’s LTE/4G to combine it on a single chip with an Atom processor because the two technologies will iterate at different rates precipitated by different market events. We may see Intel’s LTE/4 modems integrated with a future Atom SoC when another shrink to 14 nm takes place sometime after 2014.
To close the gap, Intel will apply to smartphones and tablets the significant systems-level design capability that it honed when nearly monopolizing the X86 PC and server business. Intel will deliver smartphone reference designs that will allow manufacturers to produce complete optimized smartphones using Intel’s components."
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in the article;
"It is rumored that, next month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel will announce the Merrifield processor targeted at smartphones, a shrink to 22 nm with performance improvements similar to the Bay Trail-T. Intel has begun production of its LTE/4G baseband chip according to Intel’s spokesman Jon Carville."