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Is This the Start of an Intel Rally?

In today's video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC  ) move as the company makes further progress in its efforts to break into the smartphone and tablet space.

Recently, Intel released details about some of its latest mobile technology, and specifically about its Trigate Transistors, the latest in its Atom Mobile Chipset line. The semiconductor company claims that these chips are substantially more power efficient and faster.

However, though this is a step forward for Intel, it may not be what will finally set the wheels rolling. The success of the chips will depend on the acceptance by major handset makers like Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) . But, those companies already design their own chips based on ARM architecture, and the likelihood of migrating to Intel is very low, especially when Intel's Atom Chip line is being estimated to cost around $45 (compared to $20 for other more cost-effective options).

When it comes to dominating markets, it doesn't get much better than Intel's position in the PC microprocessor arena. However, that market is maturing, and Intel finds itself in a precarious situation longer term if it doesn't find new avenues for growth. In this premium research report on Intel, our analyst runs through all of the key topics investors should understand about the chip giant. Better yet, you'll continue to receive updates for an entire year. Click here now to learn more.

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  • Report this Comment On December 14, 2012, at 9:49 PM, NCTad wrote:

    what would that power savings translate to in battery life? from an end user pov that would be a great asset to any mobile device and quite worth the initial premium paid for the chips/device.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2012, at 1:58 AM, stretcho44 wrote:

    "Intel's Atom Chip line is being estimated to cost around $45 (compared to $20 for other more cost-effective options)."


    Do you really think the estimates of $45 for Atom and $20 correct? If the cost estimate of $45 for Atom is accurate, then why did Intel price their new 32nm Atom starting at $42?

    Think about Intel using "all that spare fab capacity" to produce the new parts likely to be introduced at the Intel CES Press Briefing on Jan 7th.

    The 22nm parts are going to be smaller, cheaper and much lower power by at least 37%. The 6.1W CPU is going to measure about 3.8W if scaled down as expected. Possibly less if operating at lower voltage than the current parts.



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