This is the fourth generation of Intel CPU which is used for desktops, laptops and mobile phones, said CT Lau, Director of Intel Products Vietnam’s assembly and test factory. Intel expects that by the end of this year, 80 percent of its CPU for desktops provided for the world market will be made in Vietnam. Intel began production in Vietnam in June 2010 with chipsets for laptops and mobile devices. It later launched Atom SoC (System on a Chip) in late 2013.
Shipments of x86 servers in the China market during the first quarter of 2014 totaled 350,000 units, up 22.9% on year. Meanwhile, factory revenues of x86 servers during the quarter reached US$1.07 billion, growing 24.5% on year. “China’s x86 server market has seen steady growth, driven by the continuous investment of Internet companies in infrastructure as well as the emerging demands of the traditional IT enterprises for local products. The gap between domestic vendors and leading MNC vendors is narrowing down,” said Eric Peng, research manager with IDC China.
Intel’s Haswell Refresh processors and 9-series chipset-based motherboards are already available in retail channels worldwide despite Intel still having not yet made an official announcement, according to sources from motherboard players. Intel is expected to announce the launches at the Computex 2014 in early June.
Intel is set to ship 40 million application processors (APs) for tablets in 2014, up 400% from the volume in 2013, though most market watchers believe the goal is rather difficult to achieve. Digitimes Research has found that Intel is currently placing its focus on penetrating into the Android tablet market and is persuading brand vendors and China white-box players to join its camp by offering subsidies and support from its China-based supply chain, which Intel has been nurturing.
TAIPEI — Xiaomi Corp., a fast-growing Chinese maker of cheap smartphones, is working on its first tablet computer with chipmakers Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. to cash in on China’s tablet market, according to the Topology Research Institute. Xiaomi might choose only one of the two suppliers to provide the chipsets for its new tablet, which is expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen with an ultra-sharp resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, Topology researcher Michael Zuo said Tuesday in a technology industry conference in Taipei organized by Topology.
Asustek Computer has comprehensively adopted Intel CPU platforms for motherboards, desktops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, becoming a large client for Intel, according to Taiwan-based component makers. For mobile CPU platforms in particular, Asustek’s adoption is important for Intel because Intel has faced increasing competition from Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek, Allwinner Technology and Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics and has be trying to gain adoption by China-based white-box tablet and smartphone vendors, the sources said.
Vice president of Intel Labs Jesse Fang, at the China Sourcing Fair: Electronics and Components Spring show in Hong Kong, said that wearable devices can be categorized into three major segments: the US$350 to US$500 and above multi-function model, the US$100-350 mid-range, and sub-US$100 single-function models, and about 75% of wearable device profits are earned by hardware players.
China’s white-box tablet players have been turning to adopt application processor (AP) solutions from Intel and MediaTek for their 3G and LTE-enabled models because of Intel’s subsidies for tablet products and MediaTek solutions’ pricing advantages, according to sources from China’s white-box supply chain. In the past, low-cost solutions from chipmakers such as Allwinner Technology and Rockchip were the favorites among white-box manufacturers, but as demand for 3G and LTE tablets is picking up, white-box players have started seeking options to produce such tablets at lower costs, the sources noted.
Intel has resorted to an aggressive pricing strategy to promote sales of its tablet-use processors, particularly in China, a move which apparently will take on Qualcomm and MediaTek, while ramping up its market share, according to industry sources. Prices of Intel’s mainstream quad-core tablet CPUs have dropped to below US$5, which are almost on par with those offered by China-based chipset suppliers such as Rockchip Electronics and Allwinner Technology and even below those available from Nvidia, Qualcomm and MediaTek, said the sources.
As the computing industry landscape undergoes rapid transformation, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has outlined the company’s plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China, and collaborate with the growing technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate new innovation and reshape the computing industry.
Intel is pushing aggressively into the education tablet market and reportedly placed orders for 10 million units with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and six million units with Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) recently, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel, ECS and Foxconn declined to comment about their orders.
Remember the song “Stayin-Alive” used in 1998 for the Intel Pentium 5 Processor advert? It said the world was “on-the-go”, being powered by Intel . Intel was the top chip maker back then. Every server along with the “consumer and enterprise” grade computer had Intel etched on the circuit boards. Fifteen cycles later, the world is different; mobiles have become the device of choice along with processors of other companies. This led Intel to create an entire program to win over new business that is consumer driven which is also impacting enterprises. Intel is investing on the future of mobility and has chalked out a device and tablet strategy. Narendra Bhandari, Intel Technology India Private Limited’s Director for the APAC Software and Services Group, spoke to BW | Businessworld about what is happening in Intel in India and the Asia region.