Intel convenes iPhone hitman summit
Chipzilla goes mobile?
Intel may build its own iPhone. Or maybe not.
According to Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag, Intel recently gathered a gaggle of gawking giga-geeks to garner gabble regarding its gadget goals. Apparently, Chipzilla hosted an "invite-only 'brain drain'" to solicit opinions on its plans for a new gee-whizzy smartphone based on Google's Android operating system.
Another wannabe iPhone killer? As a former US vice presidental candidate might say, "You betcha!"
Valleywag says that the geekfest's guest list included "A wireless exec from Disney," along with John Faith of MySpace Mobile, whose company provides an Android
client "experience," and St. Alan Kay of "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" fame.
The gossip rag's anonymous source reported that the "design displayed at the summit also featured a 'shitload' of variable resistance sensors." Nothing like a shitload of sensors to fire the imagination of a gadget-hungry public.
Valleywag offered the opinion that Intel's "reason to gun for Apple's iPhone" is spurred by the fact that Apple "bought its own chip-design subsidiary, allowing it to bypass Intel's industry-standard processors."
An interesting analysis, seeing as how the iPhone is powered by an ARM-11 processor built by Samsung and a PowerVR MBX graphics core designed by Imagination Technologies. The PA Semi acquisition to which they refer won't be taking any bread from the mouths of Intel engineers' babes.
This is not to say that Chipzilla isn't - however foolhardily - looking into putting a shitload of sensors into an iPhone competitor or that the gathering didn't happen. ®
Something original out of the valley?
Highly doubtful...All one has to do is read the classified ads to see what companies are hiring and the positions they are hiring for. There are very few that are trying to innovate during this recession with the possible exception of Apple, Palm, and Amazon's Kindle group...
I do have a complaint directed to Apple. Why AT&T for the iPhone? Why the aging dinosaur of the telecommunications industry?
sick of iPhone wannabees
wish they'd stop trying to create iPhone killers... can't someone come up with something original...
Vallywag is a moron
Intel isn't the only company making chips and almost everyone makes ARM chips. Apple bought their chip maker after they started making iphones and have never used Intel parts for this purpose.
Intel once made ARM chips, but sold that off to Marvel - a long time before the iphone came along.
It seems rather odd that Intel would start trying to drum up interest in a market segment it has pulled out of.
Sure Android can be deployed on x86 and has been run up on Atom, but Atom is nowhere near low power enough, or physically small enough, to play in the mobile phone space.
Perhaps Intel is trying to do some Android based laptotting, but that's hardly competing with iphone.