Intel counting on new chip design

Intel on Monday announced a new version of its chips that the Santa Clara company believes will accelerate its push into mobile devices and other gadgets

Dubbed Silvermont, the new chip design offers three times the performance, yet at one fifth the power consumption of its predecessor, Intel said.

That is particularly important for smart phones and tablets, where power-efficient chips are essential to provide long battery life.

So far, most mobile devices are run on chips using a design from British firm ARM Holdings. But Intel has begun to wade into that market and some analysts believe the corporation could begin to make a big splash in the business in the near future, as its chips become better suited for portable gadgets.



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