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Intel at MWC 2015: Atom Chips for Low-Cost Phones

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Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) unveiled three chips in its mobile Atom lineup at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, emulating its “good-better-best” style used for desktop and mobile Core processors.

The Atom x3, which occupies the low end of the lineup, is based on Intel’s SoFIA platform and comes with an integrated 3G or LTE baseband. The x3 will come in three editions, targeting different use cases and price points.

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The first is the low-cost x3-C3130, which is intended for budget smartphones or devices marketed to the developing world. It has a 64-bit 1Ghz processor, Mali 400 MP2 GPU, and an integrated 3G modem.

Next is the Atom x3-C3230RK. It has a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, with a Mali 450 MP4 GPU and 3G connectivity. Intel says this chip will be competitive against the likes of MediaTek’s MT6582 and Qualcomm’s MSM8212 by 50%.

Lastly we have the Atom x3-C3440, which is targeted at higher-end devices in the low-cost marketspace. It has an integrated LTE baseband, a 1.4GHz quad-core 64-bit CPU with Mali T720 MP2 GPU and NFC connectivity.

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Intel said that the x3 lineup of chips would be integrated in devices between $75-$149.

On the higher end is the x5 and x7 lineup, formerly known as Cherry Trail. These are targeted at higher-end devices running Windows (Windows 10 will be fully supported) or Android. Chips in these lineups will be the first to be fabricated on Intel’s 14nm process node. They will not have an integrated modem so they will be required to be paired with something like the Intel XMM 726x.

Intel also announced that many leading vendors have already committed to building devices with the x3, x5 and x7 Atom chips.

More information on these chips, including in-depth benchmarking, is likely to be available at IDF Shenzhen in April.