Intel isnt exactly the most popular chipmaker for smartphones, but theyd love to change that in the future. And Windows Phone could be just the platform to do that away, according to the president of Intels Mobile Communications Group.
Before you get too excited (or disgusted, depending on how you feel about Intel), Eul says the time isnt quite right to enter the market. “We would be [interested] when we see that this market has a good chance to return our money that we have invested into this,” he explained to IDG, during an interview at Taiwans Computex trade show.
Right now most of Intel powered smartphones are running Android, which Eul said was where the “money is,” while theyre also "engaged" with Tizen, a Linux-based OS thats also being backed by Samsung. But that hasnt stopped Intel from looking ahead, and theyre ready to provide for Windows Phone devices if the market matures enough.
“Our roadmap has devices that can support [Windows Phone],” he explained. “The hooks for doing that [are] there.” But why would anyone want a smartphone powered by an energy hog like the Intel Atom? Eul says those concerns are put to rest pretty soon after someone actually tries out one of the devices.
In the meantime, Intel has several Atom chips aimed at the smartphone market on its roadmap, including next years Merrifield, a high-performance chip made using a 22-nanometer process. Who knows, maybe well be seeing Windows Phones adorned with "Intel Inside" stickers before too long.