BARCELONA – Intel Corp. is showing off in its booth at the Mobile World Congress a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum Communications.
Designated SC90861-IA, the new chip is based on Intel architecture, manufactured by Intel using its own 14nm LP process technology.
The SoC’s CPU inside comes from Intel. It’s based on Octa-Core 2GHz Intel Airmont architecture.
Meanwhile, the modem — designed to cover TD-LTE/FD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM, LTE Category 7 (downlink offering 300Mbps, and uplink at 100Mbps) — comes from Spreadtrum.
Spreadtrum was responsible for integration and the overall design of the SoC, according to Intel.
The 64-bit Octa-core LTE SoC platform represents the first tangible result from Intel’s $1.5 billion investment in the Chinese outfit, showcasing the companies’ collaboration on a commercial chip three years in the making.
The SC90861-IA is already sampling, with its first customer scheduled to be announced in the second quarter this year. The first design win is a Chinese OEM planning to market the phone outside China, said Jimmy Zhang, senior product marketing manager at Intel.
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Getting ready for Apple?
Spreadtrum’s new SoC is a big boost for Intel’s aspirations to be a big player in the foundry business. Thus far, Intel has been unable to win large customers to use its foundry service for commercial SoCs.
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