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Intel Continues to Push Into Mobile and the Internet of Things

By Rex Moore and Evan Niu, CFA – Feb 10, 2014 at 12:00PM

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Will Intel’s tiny new Quark chip be the big winner as manufacturers race to develop the "Internet of Things?"

Intel (INTC -1.11%) has never really succeeded in the mobile marketplace, but they're not about to give up trying. This year's International CES in Las Vegas saw a number of dual-OS devices from the chip maker, as well as a renewed push to get in on the ground floor of the "Internet of Things," as more and more of our devices begin communicating with each other.

Rex Moore and Evan Niu report in from the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers look to wow the public and set the stage for the coming year with cutting-edge technology. In this video, Evan talks about Intel's continuing pressure on Qualcomm (QCOM -1.36%), and a few interesting devices the chip maker introduced.

A full transcript follows the video.

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Rex Moore: One more topic for Evan here -- Intel trying to get more and more into mobile. You stopped by their booth. Did you learn anything?

Evan Niu: Intel has been trying for years and years to get into mobile, and they really still haven't. They can't give up, though, so they're going even harder into it. They announced a bunch of two-in-ones, some dual OS devices that are kind of interesting, but I'm not sure there's really consumer demand for a computer that runs Windows and Android at the same time, so it's kind of a strange device there.

But they're also getting more into the baseband side of it. They're getting into more smartphones, including having their baseband chips to actually do the cellular side of it. They've been really trying to compete with Qualcomm (QCOM -1.36%) for a long time, and they have some design winds now, but now we have to see if those devices actually start to sell so they can get some market share.

Intel's still trying -- not going to give up yet!

Moore: Also interesting, the Intel keynote from the Intel CEO; they are getting into more products like your headphones, or charging even. Did you see that?

Niu: Right, they're getting much bigger into the Internet of Things. They have the Quark chip, that's this tiny chip and they really want to get into everything, so that's definitely another angle they're playing. We've heard a lot of talk this week about the Internet of Things, which is basically sensors in everything you can think of, and Intel wants to be providing those sensors.

Moore: All right, Evan, thanks very much.

Evan Niu, CFA owns shares of Qualcomm. Rex Moore has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Intel. The Motley Fool owns shares of Intel and Qualcomm. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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