Intel looking to accelerate business in smartphones, ultrabooks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

US chip manufacturer Intel (NYSE: INTC) is working with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to accelerate its business in smartphones, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini said during the opening keynote of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The company showcased a form factor reference design based on the Intel Atom processor and running the Android platform, and outlined plans to enable and optimize future releases for Android.

The announcement builds upon the two companies' recent joint initiatives to enable Intel architecture on Google products such as Chrome OS and Google TV.

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The executive also revealed that Intel's engineers are working on a new class of platform power management for ultrabooks that will aid in delivering always-on-always-connected computing - staying connected when in standby mode, keeping e-mail, social media and digital content up to date.

Intel is working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products for this new category of computers.

"Computing is in a constant state of evolution," said Otellini, describing the opportunities and challenges facing Intel and the industry. "The unprecedented demand for computing from the client devices to the cloud is creating significant opportunity for the industry."


Otellini also announced that Intel is working with US software security firm McAfee (NYSE: MFE) on a roadmap of security solutions that extend across the spectrum of computing, from embedded devices to the cloud.

Intel and McAfee have been working together on a range of hardware-assisted software security solutions.

In that context, Otellini and Candace Worley, senior VP and general manager for Endpoint Security at McAfee, reinforced the growing need for continued investment and innovation as billions of new computing devices are expected to connect to the internet and with one another.