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Intel promises Medfield inside phones in 2012

Smartphones powered by Intel chips should go on sale by the first half of 2012, the company told attendees at its investor meeting in Santa Clara, California.Chief executive Paul Otellini demonstrated a prototype smartphone running a low-power Medfield processor on Tuesday.

Smartphones powered by Intel chips should go on sale by the first half of 2012, the company told attendees at its investor meeting in Santa Clara, California.

Chief executive Paul Otellini demonstrated a prototype smartphone running a low-power Medfield processor on Tuesday.

"We plan to have Medfield phones in the market early next year," Otellini said, according to a report in PC World.

Intel has not managed to get its processor inside any major smartphones, while by some counts ARM chips are in over 90 percent of them. Medfield is the company's attempt to change the tide.

In February Intel showed off a 32nm Medfield processor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Medfield is a follow-on from the 45nm Moorestown processor. Moorestown was in a few netbooks, specifically Nokia's Booklet 3G range, but failed to find its way into any retail smartphones.

Medfield will be built on Intel's high-k metal gate manufacturing process. The company hopes to update the chips to the 22nm and 14nm production processes in 2013 and 2014, respectively, which should lower their power consumption.