For the first time since its debut Intel (INTC) has redesigned its Atom Chip. The Silvermont Atom will provide up to 8 processing cores increasing its performance levels by up to 2.8% from the first version while also decreasing power usage levels and efficiency by up to 4.7%. Power efficiency is especially important in mobile devices that run on batteries.
The chip will have four different models to be used in a range of devices like smartphones, tablets, and network interfaces. The processors are scheduled to be available later this year.
Intel would be thrilled to tap into the Apple (AAPL) mobile device market. Right now Apple uses Intel processors for its notebooks and desktops but ARM (ARMH) processors for the iPad and iPhone. Smartphone makers Lenovo and Motorola are planning to construct phones based around Intel processors.
Intel is emerging in the mobile device processor market and is hoping the performance of their new chips will give Apple no choice but to take notice of their product. This was the case a few years ago when Apple made the switch away from PowerPC Processors and switched to Intel for their computers.
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One of the advantages Intel has is the size of their processors. While most producers are focusing on making chips 28 nanometers wide, Intel is concentrating on 22 nanometers for this year and 14 nanometers for 2014.
If Intel is making smaller processors that provide more performance while consuming less power, do you think they are poised to take on a larger market share in the tablet and smartphone market? Apple was happy to switch from PowerPC processors over to Intel when it became obvious they had the superior tech for notebooks and desktops; is it possible a similar phenomenon could take place with mobile devices?
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1. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $119.11B, most recent closing price at $23.96.
2. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $422.37B, most recent closing price at $449.98.
3. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Google is the world's most popular search engine. Market cap at $280.58B, most recent closing price at $845.72.
4. ARM Holdings plc (ARMH, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): ARM Holdings plc and its subsidiaries design microprocessors, physical IP, and related technology and software, as well as sells development tools to enhance the performance of high-volume embedded applications. Market cap at $22.58B, most recent closing price at $48.50.
5. Nokia Corporation (NOK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides Internet and digital mapping and navigation services worldwide. Market cap at $12.4B, most recent closing price at $3.30.
6. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $279.68B, most recent closing price at $33.49.
-Ryan Horch, Kapitall
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