Monday, June 7, 2010

Intel far from confident about phone market

Intel far from  confident about phone market -

Sources close to Intel at Computex last week spoke frankly about the chances it had about making design wins for its low power designs aimed at the smartphone and little gizmo market.

The source told TechEye - on conditions of anonymity - that Intel had a steep hill to climb to persuade phone makers to adopt its technology.

She was responding to remarks made by ARM president Tudor Brown, the previous day.

While she believed that Intel had the technology to compete with ARM and other designs, she said that the company needed to create an "ecosystem" that would appeal to the manufacturers.

ARM claimed it had nine out of 10 of chips based on its technology in smartphones and the like and that if you counted its customers, it was a bigger company worldwide than Intel.

The remark by the Intel person underlines the fear and loathing of ARM inside the chip manufacturer. But the official line is that its chips will take over the smartphone world.

Source: Intel far from confident about phone market

Apple launches the iPhone 4

Apple launches the iPhone 4

It's better than 3, obviously

Apple launches the  iPhone 4 -

Cupertino company Apple duly went ahead and introduced its iPhone 4 today, with CEO Steve Jobs hailing it as a breakthrough.

It's a thinner phone than previous phones and its battery is better, said Apple.

But there was a bit of a nightmare because one of Jobs' demoes failed. He said there was a bit of a problem but managed to fix the dilithium crystals and carry on with his presentation.

People who have bought previous models of the iPhone are probably feeling a little miffed, although carefully calculated leaks have told the world and its dog most of what they need to know about the iPhone 4.

Jobs praised his own company for producing such revolutionary devices and so that's OK then. Part of the iPhone's success has been Apple's App Store, emulated by many other vendors eager to catch Steve's coat tails.

He's also very pleased with himself about the iFad - Apple has sold a couple of million of those things since it was launched.

The Next Box didn't sell that well, but Jobs has shown himself to be a real survivor, and has to be given fair credit for that.

Earlier today Apple was sued for allegedly breaching patents on its microprocessors by Microunity.

Source: Apple launches the iPhone 4