Intel's move into the mobile market is less than two weeks old and already the company's looking to make waves. At CES, CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel's Atom Z2460 -- aka "Medfield" -- chips
would be powering Motorola and Lenovo phones in the second half of the year
. Although Lenovo's Atom-powered K800 was on display at the show, no Intel-based smartphones have actually launched yet -- and Otellini's already talking about plans to make a mobile System on a Chip that includes integrated 4G capabilities.
"Over time, what we will want to do is grow [Infineon wireless technology] capability up by integrating the apps processor and the communication processors onto the same chip, while we drive our initial positions in apps processors from the top down," Otellini told a group of financial analysts in a conference call,
Xbit Labs reports
. Basically, Otellini's saying that Infineon 4G modems will eventually find their way into Intel's smartphone/tablet chips. (Intel recently acquired Infineon.)
A SoC with integrated 4G will definitely diffentiate Atom chips from ARM processors, but it's worth noting that Nvidia also plans on integrating 3G/4G capabilities into its next-gen "Grey" Tegra processors later this year, as
Xbit Labs also reported back in September
. When can we expect to see Intel's unified solution? Your guess is as good as ours -- Otellini declined to provide timeline details.