Intel has confirmed that it will be adding LTE support in future Atom smartphone SoCs.
TechCrunch writes that Intel product marketing director Sumeet Syal said that the current Medfield generation does not support LTE at this time, but first LTE-capable chips would be shipping this year and ramping up in2013.
Also confirmed is a dual-core Atom, SoC for smartphone, although that was more a question of when and not if -- and that actual issue is when Intel will be able to provide such a chip. Syal did not answer that question but noted that the dual-core SoC will support hyper-threading and run four threads in parallel. Of course, there is the question about quad-core Atoms, which Intel will have to build for the microserver market anyway, but Syal said that Intel was not ready to disclose any product plans about quad-core smartphone SoCs.
Even if some may have expected more from Intel's Medfield processor this year, Syal told TechCrunch that the company felt "comfortable" about is position and that it has just "gotten into the game". Read more here.