Days after officially taking over as Intel's top executive, CEO Brian Krzanich has reorganized the company's businesses to give himself more direct control. The company also formed a new unit to focus on "new devices" outside of smartphones and tablets.
Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini expressed regret that the silicon giant did not or was not able to get its chips inside Apple's iPhone. The comments highlight Intel's current attempts to catch up in mobile--which Otellini's successor, Brian Krzanich, has pledged to do.
Intel took the wraps off its newest generation of Atom-based mobile processors, code-named Silvermont, and said the chips based on the new architecture will delivers three times more peak performance or the same performance while consuming around five times less power than its existing Atom chips. Silvermont represents Intel's latest attempt to catch up in the mobile market.
Incoming Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said he has already sold the company's board on a strategy to accelerate Intel's push into mobile chipsets. The success of that transition--away from PCs and toward smartphones, tablets and other gadgets--will likely define whether Krzanich can keep Intel relevant in the rapidly changing world of computing.
The telecom industry's growing push to adopt software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) appears to place Intel in a strong position to influence evolving network designs. With that in mind, the chipmaker announced three strategic reference architectures targeting, respectively, telecom, cloud data center and enterprise data center infrastructure market segments.
In today's spotlight, FierceIPTV takes a look at reports that Intel has struck licensing deals with Viacom, Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary and Time Warner for its upcoming over-the-top video service.
Intel has reportedly made headway with some pretty big programming names--Viacom, Comcast-owned NBCU and Time Warner--as it prepares to launch a competitive over-the-top pay TV service later this year.
Intel said it struck a licensing deal with Hillcrest Labs which will allow it to embed its motion control technology in cable set-tops.
Ericsson and STMicroelectronics have failed to attract offers for their loss-making semiconductor joint venture after a three-month search for buyers, according to a Bloomberg report, sparking renewed speculation that the venture may be coming to an end soon.
Intel and Apple have discussed the possibility of Apple moving its chip production efforts from Samsung Electronics--a direct rival to Apple in smartphones--to Intel, which Apple currently uses for its desktop and laptop computers. According to a detailed Reuters report that cited unnamed sources, Apple and Intel have discussed the switch during the past year but no agreement has been reached.