You certainly can't blame a tech giant like Intel
Intel threw in the towel on its last foray into mobile processors in 2006, selling the division to Marvell
I'm a little skeptical of Intel's chances this time around. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said, "If you accept that the value proposition of the high end of the mobile phone market is full Internet access that happens to have voice, my view is that it's easier to add voice to a small computer than vice-versa."
Well, I certainly don't accept that value proposition. And the notion that the chief of one of the world's premier silicon makers believes that the high-end mobile phone market is essentially moving toward broadband-enabled computers with microphones attached is astonishing. While it's likely Otellini doesn't hold such a simplistic view of the mobile market, Intel has nonetheless previously shown that it believes mobile phones will move closer to computers, rather than the other way around.
Wrong. Dead wrong.
If Intel believes that a significant portion of smartphone users will be gravitating toward connected laptop functionality, more than a few warm bodies are asleep on their keyboards in Santa Clara. True, new markets for ultraportable Internet devices will likely present tantalizing opportunities, but Research In Motion's
If Intel can't keep a clear distinction between mobile computing and mobile phones, it will continue to flounder in the space. The company would be better off focusing on other areas of success, rather than trying to redefine consumer devices.
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