Intel, being the market leader in PC and server CPU market, couldn’t crack the smartphone market and decided to leave it last year. The company had announced that it wouldn’t release newer Atom chipsets anymore. However, another company has acquired a license to use Intel’s Atom architecture to make smartphone processors. At the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) expo, Chinese brand Spreadtrum is showcasing smartphones using its upcoming SC9861G-IA chipset.
The Spreadtrum SC9861G-IA SoC features an octa-core CPU (using Intel Atom x86 architecture), a PowerVR GT7200 GPU, and an LTE Cat. 7 modem. The chipset is built using Intel’s 14nm fabrication process technology. The Intel Airmont architecture-based octa-core CPU is clocked at 2.0GHz. The integrated LTE model supports a maximum download speed of 300Mbps and upload speed of 100Mbps. The chipset can drive QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) displays, up to 26-megapixel cameras, and can support up to 4K2K video recording.
The SC9861G-IA chipset from Spreadtrum also uses a sensor hub as well as Intel’s virtualisation technology. It is scheduled for mass production in Q2 2017, after which it may debut in some mid-range smartphones. It will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, MediaTek Helio X20, Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 655, and Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor when it comes out in the market.