Multiple Players in Smart Device Chips

1/17/2013

How many connected devices do you have these days? Many of us carry smartphones, perhaps even a tablet or two. With the number of these devices deployed still growing, M2M providers that supply the components for connected gadgets are focused on providing the right solutions. And the competition continues to heat up.

This is especially true in the chip world. Many players want a piece of the market for chips in connected devices. When considering this market, a few big names come to mind. Qualcomm, www.qualcomm.com, has long held its own in this space. During 2013 Intl. CES in Las Vegas, Qualcomm Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, introduced new Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors. The company says Snapdragon 800 processors target premium mobile and computing devices, while the 600 processors target high-end mobile devices.

Another powerhouse in this marketplace is ARM, www.arm.com, which provides chips for many smartphones on the market. ARM has also been making moves to get its products into more categories of products, such as laptops and connected devices. For instance, Ube, a platform for controlling home electronics, includes a 32-bit ARM processor with Wi-Fi.


But another company is targeting the chip market for smart devices. Traditionally, Intel, www.intel.com, has been known for providing processors to computers and laptops. But that is not the say the company hasn’t had its hand in the M2M game. For example, Intel announced its Intelligent Systems Framework in September 2012, and it’s designed to provide interoperable solutions for M2M. But the company has been working on an expansion for connected devices.

Last week at CES, Intel announced new products geared toward connected devices. In short, Intel wants to get inside more smartphones, and it revealed a new low-power Atom processor-based platform and smartphone reference design, which it said is targeted at the value smartphone market. Intel says the platform offers support for quick Web browsing, multimedia, and Android applications.

The platform also includes the Intel Atom processor Z2420 with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and support for up to two cameras.

For the performance and mainstream smartphone market, Intel announced the upcoming Intel Atom Z2580 processor platform. This platform will include a dual-core Atom processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology plus a dual-core graphics engine. With these new smartphone options, Intel hopes to take some marketshare in the mobile device world.

Intel is also targeting tablets, and it announced an upcoming quad-core Intel Atom Processor aimed at the tablet space. Intel says this will be the most powerful Atom processor to date and will offer new integrated security offerings for both business and personal use.

Growth in mobile connected devices shows no signs of slowing down, so chip companies will likely continue to target the space. Companies are also looking to new categories of connected devices, such as fitness monitors, TVs, and cameras, as they continue to battle it out for the top spot in the market.

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