Rumor: Intel deletes Sofia- and Broxton-socs for smartphones and tablets

Apr

29

2016

Intel stops rumored projects for Sofia- and Broxton-socs to focus on modems and 5g technology. The scrapping of plans to develop even longer socs for smartphones would be part of the major reorganization.

The rumor comes from Forbes, which claims sources have learned that the management has decided to discontinue Sofia Broxton to free up money and manpower for modem and 5g technology. The Sofia-socs makes Intel for cheap smartphones, partly in cooperation with the Chinese manufacturer Rockchip while Broxton was intended for high-end appliances.

On a recent roadmap were the LTE versions of Sofia this year on planning and Broxton end of this year, after having been postponed several times. Last week, Intel made ​​known to carry out a major reorganization with thousands of redundancies. The possible removal of the smartphone projects was not called, but Intel CEO Brian Krzanich called “mobile” only once in the notes to the new strategy and in that context it would also tablet or 2-in-1 chips can go.

Intel has in recent years invested billions of chips for mobile phones, but hardly gotten to no foothold in that market, which is dominated by ARM chips. Now the big growth there seems to be out in the smartphone market and the PC market is shrinking year by year, the investment would be increasingly difficult to justify. The new strategy will focus on Intel chips for cloud services and data centers, as connected devices including PCs and the Internet of things, memory and programmable chips like FPGAs, connectivity and 5g and the maintenance of Moore’s Law. In the latter, Intel has increasing competition from TSMC and Samsung.

According to Forbes, Intel continues to be on target chips for PCs, as main source of income, and especially in the segments where it remains to achieve growth, such as gaming and 2-in-1 laptops annex tablets. In mobile Intel hopes to play a major role with 5g-technology and modems as regards the company would also see growth opportunities. Rumors go for some time that Intel will partly provide the modems of the iPhone 7.

Thursday announced Intel itself that Diane Bryant of the Data Center Group promotion made ​​and now the role of executive vice president positions at Intel. Initially there were rumors that Aicha Evans mobile arm had resigned, but Fortune reported recently that Krzanich had managed to convince the general manager of the Communications and Devices Group to continue anyway.

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