September 14, 2011- Intel has formed a new partnership with internet giant Google to help optimize the operating system for Android for the Atom processor platform. This agreement will help the chipmaker jump-start its move into the mobile device market.
The president of Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, Paul Otellini, at the kickoff speech of the Intel Development Forum said its partnership with Google is a key to the company’s plans for smartphones. The first smartphone that is Intel-based is due to be launched sometime in the first six months of 2012.
Otellini said, “the first round of phones will be Android-based, therefore the partnership with Google is so important.” Another key part the president mentioned with regard to the company’s foray into smartphones is security.
He also added that Intel’s purchase of McAfee has resulted in a new platform, DeepSAFE. This security software and hardware platform will work with the Core chips from Intel below the level of the operating system providing even greater protection from malware.
Intel has plans of a solar powered chip they are in the process of designing. The Pentium chip is not in the immediate plans to be produced in an energy efficient manner but the company is working on trying to lower the power consumption of its products.