Intel is making a bid to become a force in smartphones. This will test its ability to compete in arguably the most important chip market outside of PCs.
The deal struck this week with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will put the Intel architecture into the same factories that churn out chips for companies like Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, which use an alternative architecture called ARM--the choice for many small devices, cell phones, and most smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Storm, and Google-based Android phones.
ARM has always been a thorn in Intel's side. So much so that Intel … Read more