Sources claim that Intel has pulled off a major deal with the South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung. The deal in place allows Intel to make chips for the upcoming tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Samsung has chosen Intel’s Clover Trail+ chip for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
Samsung has previously relied on UK’s ARM and TI to provide energy efficient chips which are used across all of Samsung’s bestselling mobile devices. Samsung has used Intel’s architecture previously on its ATIV range of devices that run on the Microsoft Windows operating system. However, Intel is happy to be associated with the Galaxy range of tablets which run the more dominant Android operating system, as is the largest selling tablet brand after the iPad.
Samsung will unveil a new range of tablets in its ATIV series that incorporate Intel’s architecture at an event that is scheduled to be held on June 20th at London. The debut of the next Galaxy Tab device at the same event, however, remains ambiguous. Intel has grabbed this opportunity with both hands as the company is now racing ahead to make sure its presence and eventually its dominance is felt in the mobile market as well. The only thing that might thwart its plans right now is if Samsung decides to use its native architecture to power the tablets rather than outsource the components to a third party manufacturer such as Intel. Spokespersons from both companies declined to comment on this possible collaboration of the two companies.
Intel has always called the shots in manufacturing chips for personal computers and laptops for the past decade, but it failed to capitalize in the mobile market. Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, the market for mobile chips and processors has grown exponentially. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who took over the company this month, has publicly stated that his company’s main goal is to establish itself as a leading chipmaker for various mobile devices.
Intel would love to provide chips for the Galaxy Tab as the current trend shows that the market for laptops and personal computers has decreased greatly as they are being substituted with tablets and it is expected that the sales of tablets will outnumber laptops sold this year. Intel’s mobile processors have already been used in Motorola’s Razr smartphone in some markets, so it is not new to such a venture.