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Intel readies push into mobile Internet devices

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Apple Corporation did not take it kindly to the disparaging remarks being made openly recently by some of the Intel executives regarding the iPhone and its chips. In fact the computer makers were so incensed that Steve Jobs the chief executive called the Chief Executive of Intel to complain that people become familiar with the matter. However although the jobs stopped and the publicity of Intel was backed off the episode is still a reminder of their larger ambitions for the handheld computers and cell phones and how these plans would put it at loggerheads with good longtime partners.

Intel is one of the largest chipmaker in the world, currently designing new chips along with a new version of open source Linux operating system that would specially be designed to run the new class of MIDs or Mobile internet Devices. This would let the consumers enjoy high definition videos, download directions or local business listing while on the go or even make internet powered phone calls. This effort by Intel could foretell an attempt by the company to land their products in the pocket size smartphones which is a category where Apple has already sole nearly 17.4 million products.

However as Intel tries to step into the growing market of Smartphone and handheld chip devices, it was estimated it would be worth nearly $3 billion this year by iSuppli as mobile internet devices would even compete with several iPhone for consumers. The Linux effort of Intel also facades a threat to a longtime association with Microsoft, which is also trying to launch their Windows Mobile operating system in several handheld devices. Additionally Intel would also be stuffing up with Linux talent partially to aid in the handheld effort.

The new Linux software that is named as Moblin 2 is expected to be in the hands of software developers by March which would run new portable computers which are set to arrive into the markets during this midyear. As companies like BenQ, Hitachi and Lenovo have already made MIDs through some previous designs; Intel also plans to announce their new partners by February at the Mobile Technology conference in Spain.

After Intel provided a few version of Linux for the mobile devices that would run its chips, they are hoping to jump starts a new breed of handheld computers into a category which they are largely shut off. Most of the Smartphones like Palm’s new Pre and iPhone which have gathered great compliments right from their launch actually run chips that are designed by ARM and are licensed by manufacturers like Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. The fight on which most companies supply software and chips for smaller and powerful handheld computers like MIDs actually comes as the PC retreat from the tech industry. However the worldwide PC sales are expected to drop a bit by nearly 5 percent as the waning demand has split forth quarter profit of Intel and has also exhausted second quarter earning of Microsoft.