Intel hiring Windows Phone engineers

According to a new job posting on LinkedIn, Intel is hiring Windows Phone engineers in the Redmond area, potentially for some sort of x86 Windows Phone device. The news comes just several weeks after a senior product manager for Windows Phone said that their "architecture is such that it's hardware independent," implying that Windows Phone could run on Intel's x86 processors, although Microsoft has "nothing to announce at this time" in regards to Intel and Windows Phone.

The job posting appears to be hastily written, but nevertheless asks for people with Windows Phone expertise:

Windows Phone Engineers:  Intel would like to talk to you.  If you have Windows phone expertise, the Intel site in Redmond would like to talk to you.  Please contact us at_503-544-7336. Thanks...

Intel's recent push into the smartphone market has seen several Android devices released with x86 chips inside, most notably the Motorola RAZR i with its Intel Atom Z2460 chipset. While smartphones have traditionally used ARM chipsets for processing power, Intel's x86 chips have some advantages, including faster CPU cores and greater memory bandwidth. Unfortunately as the architecture is different, apps do need to be recompiled for the chips, which as you might expect presents a significant hurdle.

Windows Phone devices currently only use Qualcomm chips, and it would be surprising to see a new device with an Intel chip inside ahead of more established ARM players such as NVIDIA with their Tegra chips, but at least more hardware manufacturers are looking to get into the Windows Phone game.

Source: LinkedIn via WMPU

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thealexweb said,
What about the existing WP apps? I don't they'd just run no with no extra work being done

Windows Phone 7 apps would work fine. Windows Phone 8 apps would probably have to be recompiled for x86.

thealexweb said,
What about the existing WP apps? I don't they'd just run no with no extra work being done

Everything written in C# will work (which includes all WP 7 apps - currently the majority of apps). For C++, apps will probably require a recompile, which should only be flipping a compiler switch in Visual Studio because the ARM and X86 API are the same through WinRT. Maybe Microsoft knew about this and they have already been saving both compiles in the app store.

Windows Phone uses a subset of the API which allows cross-platform development for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Getting apps to work on both platforms is essentially already done.

As I said before, real processors on real hand held devices. I however like my RAZR i with android rather than windows phone, the problem here is not os but instead closed platforms where flashing isn't a granted ability of the phone.

Interest in Windows Phone is picking up, news like are just early indicators. WP stil has a long way to go but it will be interesting to see where its at in five years.

MDboyz said,
.... and overclocking mobile phone will be born ...

Overclocking already exists on Android? But yeah, I agree that this is good news.

FalseAgent said,
whoa, Intel-based windows phones soon maybe? All Windows Phones have been based on Snapdragon thus far.

If Intel decides to use anything on Atom based I'd stay as far away as possible.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

If Intel decides to use anything on Atom based I'd stay as far away as possible.


Clover Trail is nothing like the old Atom that used to power those Netbooks. Chill out, man.

Certainly it was on the cards since Intel is about to exit that Big desktop business and want to make compact product, there handheld market is would a key factor for their success.

Choto Cheeta said,
Certainly it was on the cards since Intel is about to exit that Big desktop business and want to make compact product, there handheld market is would a key factor for their success.

I don't think intel is going to exit the "big desktop business" yet mate it's not as dire as tech sites make it out to be. Even if the modern PC does die out, intel's processors will remain in servers for a long long time.

Were not some rumors about Lenovo looking to get in the smartphones business?
It could be an interesting development...

Sounds good like you said at the end of the article more manufacturers interested is better for the platform overall.