Intel and Motorola Mobility are teaming up to provide Android-powered smartphones and tablets using Intel Atom processors, with the first devices expected for release later this year.
Intel and Motorola Mobility are teaming up to provide Android-powered smartphones and tablets using Intel Atom processors.
The duo announced the deal at the International Consumer Electronics (CES) show in Las Vegas, where they said that they will be partnering for multiple devices over a period of years, with the first Motorola smartphones using Intel chips expected later this year.
The companies plan to deliver devices with high performance and long battery life, the latter of which is becoming increasingly important as smartphones and tablets eat up power. The partnership is more than just about supplying chips to Motorola, however, as they also plan to collaborate on software and services.
“When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen,” said Paul Otellin, president and CEO of Intel. “Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people's lives wherever they may be.”
Motorola Mobility’s chairman and CEO, Sanjay Jha, said that there is a lot of room for growth still in the smartphone market, with only 800 million people using smartphones, compared to a 5 billion mobile subscriber base.
The partnership is particularly significant given that Google is in the process of buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, an acquisition that is awaiting approval from a number of regulators around the world. If it goes ahead it will mean an even stronger relationship between the internet giant turned software developer and the world's leading chipmaker.
The financial details of the deal were not revealed.