Reports: Intel planning new devices unit led by former Apple exec

Summary:Rumors are swirling about what could be the first major move for Intel's brand new CEO.

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Microsoft has been at the forefront of technology news this morning with the new Xbox One gaming console , but its close partner Intel might have some consumer device news of its own soon.

For starters, Reuters reported on Tuesday that the processor giant's new chief executive officer Brian Krzanich is shaking things up a bit with a new devices unit.

AllThingsD followed up with another report that Mike Bell, general manager of Intel's mobile and communications group (and also a former Apple and Palm executive), wil be leading the new division.

Intel's mobile strategy had been stalled a bit, but a new renewed commitment has been demonstrated through plans for cheaper Ultrabooks and the recent debut of the low-power Silvermont System-on-a-Chip architecture.

To recall , Intel named then-chief operating officer Krzanich as CEO, replacing Paul Otellini.

Krzanich officially stepped up to the plate last week.

The restructure and addition of this department would mark Krzanich's first major strategic move as CEO while also stepping up Intel's mobile roadmap considerably.

Image via Intel Newsroom

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Intel, Processors, Tech Industry

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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