Intel and Rockchip collaborate on Android tablet platform

Strategic agreement will deliver system on chip for entry level Android tablets

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Intel and Rockchip collaborate on Android tablet platform The two companies will develop an integrated chip for entry level Android devices. (Getty Images/AFP)
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 28, 2014

Intel and Chinese system on chip (SoC) specialist Rockchip have announced a strategic agreement to produce an Intel-branded SoC for entry-level Android tablets.

The deal is intended to allow Intel to deliver more options for Android devices and to increase the speed with which partners can deliver Android solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will deliver an Intel-branded mobile SoC platform. The quad-core platform will be based on an Intel Atom processor core integrated with Intel's 3G modem technology.

The new platform, which is expected to be delivered by the first half of 2015, will expand on Intel's SoFIA family of integrated mobile SoC platforms for Android.

"The strategic agreement with Rockchip is an example of Intel's commitment to take pragmatic and different approaches to grow our presence in the global mobile market by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO.

"We are excited to work with Rockchip. With today's announcement we've added yet another derivative to the Intel SoFIA family, and we expect to have them all in market before the middle of 2015. We are moving with velocity to grow Intel's offerings for the growing global tablet market."

"We are always looking for innovative ways to differentiate our product portfolio, and the first-of-its-kind collaboration with Intel helps us do this," said Min Li, Rockchip CEO. "The combination of Intel's leading architecture and modem technology with our leading mobile design capability brings greater choice to the growing global market for mobile devices in the entry and value segments."

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