“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses,” said Motorola in a statement.
Intel has been suffering a widely reported failure to launch in terms of mobile over the last few years. Whereas manufacturers such as Qualcomm bedded themselves into the mobile processor infrastructure, Intel’s struggled to find partners.
A deal with Moto, as well as a new one with Lenovo, should go some way to help things, but it could well represent the company’s last effort to crack the smartphone industry.
The Medfield chip is Intel’s first genuinely capable mobile processor – previous efforts have been too draining on the battery and haven’t been picked up by any leading manufacturer as a result.
We’ll have to wait until a good way into 2012 before Motorola’s Intel offering breaks cover, but with the Intel’s mobile business depending on it, you’d better hope it’s something special.