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Intel axes Broxton Atom and SoFIA modem projects

Posted on Tuesday, May 03 2016 @ 13:16:27 CEST by

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As part of its big overhaul, which involves 12,000 job cuts, Intel is making some big changes in its mobile pipeline. The chip giant has cancelled its upcoming low-power Broxton Atom processor as well as the SoFIA embedded modem products. Broxton was intended to compete with ARM processors in the low and mid-end market, whereas SoFIA was a x86 SoC with integrated 3G radio for the entry-level smartphone and feature phone market.

On the bright side, analysts report Intel isn't making a lot of cuts within its desktop and server CPU divisions, nor to the low-end PC parts in its Atom family. At the same time, Intel is also adamant about breaking into the IoT market:
Not all of Intel's lowest-power parts are getting cut, though. Forbes reports that the company has reaffirmed its dedication to its Internet of Things efforts. While PC and data center processors are a steady profit center for the company, growth in this space has been slowing for quite some time. Intel told Forbes that it sees the budding IoT market as a potential growth space for a few reasons. The company says the IoT lacks established players, unlike the smartphone and feature phone markets. Intel also figures it has a platform advantage in this space, thanks to the ubiquity of x86 PCs as endpoints and servers.



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