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Intel Targets Smartphone

8:30 AM -- Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) is getting ready to get into the mobile handset market again, according to an interview with the firm’s CEO, Paul Otellini, in the Financial Times today. A second-generation version of Intel’s low-power Atom microprocessor will be aimed at smartphones.

Intel sold its mobile phone chips business to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL) in 2006. But the company appears ready to try again. (See Marvell Takes a Bit of Intel} and Marvell Transfers XScale.)

Otellini tells the FT, “If you accept that the value proposition of the high end of the mobile phone market is full internet access that happens to have voice, my view is that it’s easier to add voice to a small computer than vice-versa.”

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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