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Intel CEO Says That 4G Will Be Integrated into SoCs

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Eventually Intel will produce Atom SoCs with built-in 4G support.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly said during the most recent conference call with financial analysts that wireless wide area network (WWAN) functionality will be integrated into its SoCs developed from smartphones and tablets. This would seemingly help Intel distinguish its SoC solution from ARM's non-x86 design which is currently used in chips offered by Nvidia, Qualcomm and others.

"Over time, what we will want to do is grow [Infineon wireless technology] capability up by integrating the apps processor and the communication processors onto the same chip, while we drive our initial positions in apps processors from the top down," Otellini said.

Intel's acquisition of Infineon was completed almost a year ago. "The business enhances Intel’s existing communication portfolio with leading wireless mobility and cellular platforms, bringing together Intel’s strengths in WiFi and 4G WiMAX with WLS’ leadership in 2G and 3G, and a combined path to accelerate 4G LTE," the company said in a press release.

The new wireless business will now be called Intel Mobile Communications (IMC) and will operate as a standalone business entity within Intel’s Architecture Group to enable continuity of existing customer sales, projects and support, including ARM-based products, Intel said.

On Thursday during the conference call, Intel reported record revenue and profits for 2011 even though it saw a slight slowdown during the fourth quarter. The company said net revenues climbed 24-percent to $54.0 billion for the 12 months to December 31, net income was up 12.9-percent to $12.9 billion, and earnings per share rose 19-percent to $2.39. Revenues were boosted by acquisitions of McAfee and the Infineon wireless division earlier this year, the company said.

So when will Intel's 4G-integrated Atom chips hit the market? Intel declined to comment, so stay tuned.

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    ajay_vishvanathan , January 24, 2012 2:17 AM
    Intel!!! Patent this one fast!!! IBM and Apple are catching up!!! :p 

    btw this good.. insert your SIM card in your laptop/netbook, you are good to go without a phone.. how about GPS ??
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2012 2:58 AM
    Qualcomm's chip do all these
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    SchizoFrog , January 24, 2012 3:10 AM
    chitolQualcomm's chip do all these

    But it isn't x86 compatible.
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    captaincharisma , January 24, 2012 3:21 AM
    ajay_vishvanathanIntel!!! Patent this one fast!!! IBM and Apple are catching up!!! btw this good.. insert your SIM card in your laptop/netbook, you are good to go without a phone.. how about GPS ??


    unless they start adding some type of built in headset to laptops that idea is totally pointless
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    bigo65 , January 24, 2012 3:39 AM
    captaincharismaunless they start adding some type of built in headset to laptops that idea is totally pointless


    Since LTE data is of no use whatsoever without a headset...
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    v3nom777 , January 24, 2012 3:50 AM
    captaincharismaunless they start adding some type of built in headset to laptops that idea is totally pointless


    Most laptops now have Microphones built in with the camera.
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    Stardude82 , January 24, 2012 3:52 AM
    schizofrogBut it isn't x86 compatible.


    So, Windows 8 runs on ARM and most mobile development has been done for ARM.

    It does seem to be the case that the next Snapdragon iteration will have most wireless done on-chip. This is doesn't seem like Intel is being a leader, but just following the trend.
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    fancarolina , January 24, 2012 3:56 AM
    Seems to me they would be better off integrating 802.11ac on the chip. Leave the 4G, 3G, WiMax, flavor of the month on another chip so you can just swap it out when you want the new tech.
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    kartu , January 24, 2012 9:10 AM
    schizofrogBut it isn't x86 compatible.

    Yep, and good riddance.
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    g00fysmiley , January 24, 2012 11:16 AM
    stardude82So, Windows 8 runs on ARM and most mobile development has been done for ARM.It does seem to be the case that the next Snapdragon iteration will have most wireless done on-chip. This is doesn't seem like Intel is being a leader, but just following the trend.


    a valid point, but only half of one.

    while windows 8 will work on x86 and ARM only the x86 vertion will support x86 applications. so unless the number of ARM compatable programs grows alot you'll still be limited. an ARM tablet or phone with windows 8 will be nice, but a laptop or even a desktop would be severly limited in functionality for some until compatable programs come out for ARM.

    Hopefully it does bcome the norm though for software companies to release x86 and ARM varients, but my hopes to run some of my older games and programs with ARM are unlikely. hope it does happen though. competition is always good I'm just not convinced it will work out that way
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    Camikazi , January 24, 2012 1:11 PM
    v3nom777Most laptops now have Microphones built in with the camera.

    My laptop doesn't have a webcam but still has a mic.
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    fidgewinkle , January 24, 2012 10:42 PM
    I listened to that call and I wouldn't characterize what Otellini said as vowing to get 4G on to the same chip as the processor. He most certainly said integration was a priority, but he also said he wasn't ready to divulge a timetable.
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    fidgewinkle , January 24, 2012 10:47 PM
    g00fysmileya valid point, but only half of one.while windows 8 will work on x86 and ARM only the x86 vertion will support x86 applications. so unless the number of ARM compatable programs grows alot you'll still be limited. an ARM tablet or phone with windows 8 will be nice, but a laptop or even a desktop would be severly limited in functionality for some until compatable programs come out for ARM.Hopefully it does bcome the norm though for software companies to release x86 and ARM varients, but my hopes to run some of my older games and programs with ARM are unlikely. hope it does happen though. competition is always good I'm just not convinced it will work out that way


    The most important point here is this: Most x86 legacy programs are compiled while most mobile ARM programs are run in an interpreter. This means that there is little stopping x86 from moving into ARM territory while there are huge barriers for ARM moving into x86 territory.
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    captaincharisma , January 26, 2012 8:45 PM
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    Most laptops now have Microphones built in with the camera.


    ummm...yea...buuuut why would you need somthing like that when you can use programs like skype and others to make video/audio calls already over VOIP instead of a cell network which is more reliable. why pay extra for a feature like that when laptops already can?


    like i said pointless


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    ashesofempires04 , May 12, 2012 4:47 PM
    Because Wi-Fi isn't available everywhere? I think it would be a useful feature for a lot of construction contractors who have to travel a lot, and don't have access to Wi-Fi to skype on. Or for anyone who travels a lot but isn't always surrounded by Wi-Fi hotspots.

    I would buy a laptop that I could put a sim card into and use as a cell phone, so long as it wasn't wholly crippled in other areas like actual compute performance.