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Report: Intel to Supply Chips to Nokia

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Intel is rumored to have won a contract that will see the company supply mobile-chips to Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia.

Several publications today report that Intel and Nokia will announce a new deal during a conference call set to take place Tuesday. Bloomberg reports, citing an insider who preferred not to be named, that Intel senior mobility VP Anand Chandrasekher will make the big announcement.

Rumors about a Nokia netbook or MID have been doing the rounds for a while. With every company under the sun making netbooks (remember that offering from light bulb people?) it wouldn’t exactly be a huge shock to see something from the Finnish company. However, most assumed the company would end up offering an a ARM-powered device. Now it looks like we’ll see something based on Intel’s Atom processor.

If the rumors are true, Intel is probably feeling pretty pleased with itself. The company has been trying to put its chips in mobile phones for ages and Nokia is one of the biggest cell phone manufacturers in the world. Will Strauss, a Cave Creek, Arizona-based analyst for research firm Forward Concepts spoke to Bloomberg about the magnitude of the deal, saying that even if Intel only garnered a piece of Nokia’s business, it’s still a big deal.

Neither Intel or Nokia have a released a comment on the report.

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    erigolhuhu , June 23, 2009 4:41 PM
    Nokia already have the best phones in the mkt ...
    I hope this will make them even better !
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    sujeath_99 , June 23, 2009 4:44 PM
    Oh great, i was hoping that they would wait for tegra.
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    sujeath_99 , June 23, 2009 4:45 PM
    Oh great, i was hoping that they would wait for tegra.
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    aspireonelover , June 23, 2009 5:20 PM
    is it going to be much faster? The disadvantage about Atom being in a mobile phone is that, it sucks more power than any other mobile phone's processor. On the other hand, who really needs a powerhouse mobile phone?
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    zodiacfml , June 23, 2009 5:25 PM
    it won't be about the atom unless in the far future since intel has yet to optimize and reduce the atom into a smaller process to compete against ARM.
    maybe, the deal could mean collaboration.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , June 23, 2009 5:28 PM
    erigolhuhuNokia already have the best phones in the mkt ... I hope this will make them even better !

    And run hotter and with lower battery life?
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    falchard , June 23, 2009 6:56 PM
    I am really eager to see a 7" screen on a Cellphone.
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    jacobdrj , June 23, 2009 7:06 PM
    falchardI am really eager to see a 7" screen on a Cellphone.

    Verizon already sells a SIM card enabled netbook...
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    hellwig , June 23, 2009 8:20 PM
    I still think its going to be an ARM based chip Intel is supplying. x86 isn't the only thing Intel fabs (anyone remember Itanium?). If Nokia wanted to go with the Atom, they'd have to completely re-write their entire phone software suite, and that's very unlikely to happen.
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    hemelskonijn , June 23, 2009 8:44 PM
    Do i dare say Android ?
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    apache_lives , June 23, 2009 9:37 PM
    after owning 3 dud nokia's and going to an iPhone and having zero issues i say good luck nokia - your going to need it.
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    horendus , June 24, 2009 3:06 AM
    only 3? I though all nokia's were duds....
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    zodiacfml , June 25, 2009 7:39 AM
    have read more details and yes, nokia and intel will work together for various products.