Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphones

January 10, 2012 5:52:29 PM PST
Motorola Mobility and Lenovo say they will use Intel processors in smartphones and other devices, giving the chipmaker its first entry into a market it has long coveted.

Intel Corp. has struggled to bring down the power consumption of its chips so that they can be used in phones without draining the battery in a matter of hours. Meanwhile, phone-style chips from other manufacturers are starting to encroach on Intel's PC chips, by becoming the chips of choice for tablet computers.

Lenovo Group Ltd. will be first out the gate, with a smartphone called K800 for the Chinese market in the second quarter.

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. CEO Sanjay Jha says it will have Intel-powered phones in testing this summer and ready for consumer hands a few months later.

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