Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that partnerships with wireless carriers could be a driving force as the company tries to establish itself in the mobile market. In a recent interview, Otellini stated that carriers have expressed a lot of interest in Intel-powered smartphones and may use Asian vendors to build devices, but sell them under their own names. “The people who have the most interest in optimizing feature sets for the phones at the end of the day are the carriers who own the networks and want to get the maximum return from them,” said Otellini. “I don’t think all of them have been heard from yet.”
Earlier in the year Intel announced a multi-year partnership with ZTE in which its Medfield chipset power multiple smartphones and tablets. Indian handset maker Lava recently announced the XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside, which features a 1.6GHz Atom processor. In addition to its partnership with Lava, Intel has also announced plans for Lenovo and Motorola Mobility to introduce smartphones using its Atom processors.
As for stacking up against major mobile chip makers like NVIDA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, Otellini said he would be disappointed if Intel was not a major player in a few years. “When you list up the assets of us versus anybody else, I think we come ahead of anybody,” he said.
[via: Fierce Wireless]