INTEL DITCHES MOBILE CHIPS:Asustek said it had a long-term relationship with Intel, and it is looking forward to working with the chipmaker in the IoT field, or on smart cars
Date: May 04, 2016
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter
Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) yesterday said their relationships with Intel
Corp would remain unaffected amid speculation about the computer chip giant’s planned exit from the mobile chip market.
Intel is canceling its Atom chips — provisionally titled Broxton and SoFIA — for smartphones and tablets, so that the company can focus on cloud and smart connected computing devices, it said.
“We are committed to long-term leadership and improved profitability of our mobile business and the decision to cancel Broxton for phones and tablets and SoFIA 3Gx/LTE/LTE2 enables us to move resources to products that deliver higher returns and advance our strategy,” Intel said in a statement, quoted by the AnandTech Web site on Friday last week.
Part of Asustek’s ZenFone smartphone series uses Intel mobile chips and Acer uses Intel mobile chips for its tablets, but both Asustek and Acer declined to comment on Intel’s decision to scale back its mobile system-on-chip (SoC) business. [FULL STORY]