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Intel confirms using ARM-based chip core in smartwatch it demoed at CES

Matt Hamblen | Jan. 22, 2014
For years, Intel has been battling to replace ARM-based chips used in smartphones and other mobile devices. Now it has partly succumbed to the low-power ARM approach.

Intel's has based its mobile future on its own Atom line of low-power processors, which continue struggle against ARM chips, which are used today by virtually all smartphone makers and most tablet makers.

At its CES keynote, Intel showed off an internally-developed power-saving processor called Quark used inside of a small computer called Edison. It is expected to be formally launched in mid-year, Mangano said.

Intel has also been promoting Atom for more tablets by paying tablet makers to use its chips. The company covers the cost of using its Bay Trail chips instead of ARM-based processors, and covers the engineering costs of designing an Intel tablet.

Intel has set a goal of getting Atom chips inside of 40 million tablets in 2014, up from about 10 million in 2013. The promotion was disclosed by Intel last November.


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