X-bit Labs reports Intel is slow to introduce Atom SoCs with 4G/LTE capabilities, these chips will not emerge until sometimes in 2014. This puts Intel at a disadvantage in the smartphone market, as solutions from companies like Qualcomm, ST-Ericsson and some others do have integrated baseband capabilities.
“We are now shipping our single-mode data 4G/LTE baseband to customers and over the course of the year will begin delivering multi-mode data and voice modems to customers, giving us a full complement of competitive technologies to grow our device business,” said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, during a conference call with financial analysts earlier this month.
Intel got its IMC group when it acquired a wireless division from Infineon about two years ago. Intel admits that the IMC team is known for not necessarily being first to market, but being good at engineering a very solid, cost-efficient and competitive wireless solutions.