Intel claims tablet and smartphone catch-up

Chipzilla claims that it is making headway getting its chips under the bonnet of tablet computers and smartphones.

Although you would be hard pressed to find such gear in any tablets or smartphones right now, Intel claims that mobile gear using its processors will go on sale late next year.

According to Reuters, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini told analysts at a conference that tablets with Intel chips in them will roll out in the first half of next year.

Apparently manufacturers have signed, in blood, to use Intel chips in 35 tablet models. These include Dell, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba.

While Atom chips have done rather well in netbooks, smartphone and tablet manufacturers have wanted more power-efficient chips based on ARM architecture.

Otellini called Intel’s pursuit of the smartphone market “a marathon, not a sprint,” adding that the company’s second-generation Medfield chip is now being sampled by customers and should ship next year and in 2012.