Intel and Motorola have announced a new multi-year, multi-device partnership between the companies that will include tablets and smartphones featuring Intel Atom processors, which will run on the Android platform.
Set to begin shipping later this year, the handsets would be the first of Motorola’s offerings to pack an Intel chip, as the phone maker has mostly used ARM CPUs in the past. Motorola will continue to produce ARM-based devices, in addition to gadgets integrated with Intel’s architecture.
While all other details about the burgeoning relationship were kept secret, Intel CEO Paul Otellini promoted the company’s new focus on smartphones at CES 2012, citing the consumers have evolved from being more concerned with “the personal computer to personal computing.” Otellini also explained that “when Intel thinks about mobil phones,” it’s really thinking “another computing platform.”
Be sure to check back as the story develops and as more news comes out of CES.