An interesting rumor came about recently regarding Intel’s intent to make an LTE-enabled smartphone/tablet processor which will be using their new 14nm technology. The processor which is called the Intel Atom Z2580, is a result of Intel focusing more on the mobile aspect of the industry since the sale of smartphones recently surpassed that of PCs.
The Medfield chip which is their most recent effort is on par with current processors in the market performance-wise but according to several reports, it seems to lack in power per watt ratio. This is exactly what Intel wants to remedy with its new 14nm tri-gate technology. Since the processor will be fairly battery-friendly, the Z2580 is rumored to be the first LTE-enabled chip that won’t have the typical thirst that is featured on LTE-devices today.
While ARM is generally more known for having power-efficient architecture, Intel is allegedly in control at the manufacturing process tech game which means that where they fall lower than their competitors, they will be able to compensate their flaws by providing a better manufacturing technology. While IBM and Samsung have unveiled 14nm processors already, the reported consensus seems to be that Intel’s will be much better than any of them.