Paul Otellini: Intel Power Smartphones Coming in 2011

Paul Lilly

ARM isn't all that worried about Intel getting into the mobile tablet and smartphone markets, but should it be? Maybe so. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Spain, Intel CEO Paul Otellini indicated that the world's largest chip maker is definitely getting into the smartphone market, and sooner rather than later, CNet reports .

"This year," Otellini said. "We can't pre-announce our customers. I think it's going to be pretty exciting."

That leaves it pretty open ended, both in terms of a release date and which companies are on board (Nokia's likely a safe bet). But whatever, this is a big move for Intel with equally big implications. The mobile market is booming and doesn't show any signs of slowing down, and it's ARM that's reaping much of the reward.

Intel wants a slice of that pie, and as much of it as it can get, though the chip maker won't slow down in the PC space either.

"No single device wins," Otellini said. "We don't see an environment where one machine satisfies all needs. At least for the next four to five years, we're likely to see multiple devices and multiple form factors simply because people want to do multiple things."

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