Intel will provide the fast wireless modem chip for a new Apple smartphone in 2016, VentureBeat has learned from two sources with knowledge of the companies’ plans.
Intel’s new 7360 LTE modem will occupy a socket on the new iPhone’s circuit board that’s long been reserved for Qualcomm chips.
Intel has been gunning hard during the past year for a place in the iPhone and now appears to have succeeded, at least partly. The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the sources said.
Intel’s 7360 LTE modem chip is capable of 450 megabits per second (mbps) of download speed, and supports Category 9/10 LTE and 3X carrier aggregation. Industry analysts have told VentureBeat that the chip has impressed phone makers for being well built, power efficient, and fast.
For months Apple engineers have been making trips to Munich, Germany to work with Intel engineers to ready the ready the Intel LTE chip for the iPhone, one of our sources said.
The Intel facility in Munich is the former home of Infineon’s communications chip business, which Intel acquired back in 2010. It’s now the seat for research and development of Intel’s next generation of LTE chips.
Infineon once produced the 3G modem chips for iPhones at the Munich facility, but Apple quickly stopped sourcing the chips from Infineon after Intel bought the company.
One of our sources said that Intel has been willing to go a long way to get its LTE chips into Apple phones. This might include high levels of integration with Apple’s A(x) processor.
Qualcomm has long been the leader in providing chips for phones, and has provided the modems for generations of iPhones. But our sources say Apple and Qualcomm have an uneasy relationship.
“Second sourcing [finding a second supplier for] a major component might give Apple the upper hand in the relationship,” one source said.
QIHOO 360, China’s biggest Internet security company, plans to invest more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) to build a smart home eco-system, the New York-listed company said yesterday.
Qihoo 360 aims to offer users a safe and reliable smart home system through cameras and smart routers. It plans to join hands with home appliance vendors to establish an open smart home eco-system, Zhou Hongyi, chairman and chief executive of Qihoo 360, said at the Appliance & Electronics World Expo in Shanghai.
RBC Capital Markets’ Doug Freedman and Jeriel Ong have a note out on the impact on Intel. They estimate that the regions suggested by the report could represent as much as 30% of Apple’s total unit volume, as much as 70 million units. (Of course, that assumes that the smartphone would be a flagship product—they don’t believe that the chip was designed for a lower end product, but note that the 5s/5c did see segmentation, so it’s not impossible.)
The arrival of new mobile processors rarely qualifies as big news. But Intel’s latest family of chips, announced at Mobile World Congress today, are both powerful and cheap, and are sure to drive the industry trend of high-capability, low-cost smartphones to even greater extremes.
The Atom X3, X5 and X7 processors will show up in a wide range of 2015’s smartphones and tablets. The processor family is arranged much like its desktop Core “i” line, with the X3 being the lowest end of the bunch. The X3 is Intel’s previously announced Project SoFIA (“Smart or Feature phone with Intel Architecture”). It’s a cheap, entry-level system-on-a-chip with with either a 3G or 4G LTE modem, Bluetooth, and x86 architecture-based application processors.
More than 20 device manufacturers have signed on to incorporate this chip into their hardware designs.
This chip is notable because it could enable much more capable phone hardware at the $50 price point, which will be a huge boon to smartphone adoption in developing nations. More than 20 device manufacturers have signed on to incorporate this chip into their hardware designs. The first devices incorporating the Atom X3 chip (in a dual-core 3G variety) will arrive this quarter, while quad-core 3G and LTE versions will arrive by the end of the first half of the year.
The X5 and X7 series, meanwhile, are Intel’s mainstream and high-end mobile chipsets, and the first 14 nanometer SoCs for tablets. They have double the graphics capabilities of Intel’s previous generation chips, without compromising battery life, and support features like Intel’s RealSense 3D experience (which we checked out on the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet) as well as its TrueKey face-recognition-based password authentication. You’ll find these two chips on Android and Windows tablets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Asus, and Toshiba debuting during the first half of 2015.
Intel has pulled the curtains on the latest additions to its server-focused Xeon family with immediate availability.
The Xeon Processor D fills a gap between the low-end Atom-based C2750 and the mainstream Xeon E5 range and looks destined to reinforce Intel's formidable armada as competition from ARM (via Cavium, Calxeda, Applied Micro and AMD) heats up.
With the Xeon D, Intel moves the focus from the Data Center edge to the Network edge, a clear threat to ARM's established partners like Freescale, Broadcom or Marvell.
This doesn't make sense. Skylake is expected begining of summer ?
Acoording to WSJ
ntel held its gross margin guidance at 60%, plus or minus a couple percentage points, saying higher average selling prices would offset lower PC volume. Intel added that its data-center business—which reflects chips for servers—is meeting expectations.
Intel today announced a new line of Xeon D chips targeted at the server and network appliances. In the near future though, Intel expects that the Xeon D chips may power robots as well, as industrial automation picks up.
Currently most robots use basic processors that work just fine for the basic tasks they perform. However, as robots get used for more complex tasks, there will be a need for stronger processing power. And that’s exactly where the latest Xeon D chips come in.
QIHU raises revneue estimates for Q1 2015. We arre already in March and htey have failry good idea, how the current Quartes is going.
Revenuses estimate: $375-$380 Millions vs $370 Million expected.
Analysts will slowly raise the estiamtes.