“We went from PowerPoint to shipping in 15 months,” said Aicha Evans, General Manager of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group.
As well as smartphones, the Sofia chip fills a gap in Intel’s lineup of chips for tablets.
After falling behind in mobile chips, Intel has been rushing to catch up with Qualcomm Incand Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc. Qualcomm said on Monday it will start testing its newest top-tier smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 820, with manufacturers in late 2015.
In a costly strategy that elevated Intel to the No 2 spot in tablet chip market share, Intel last year paid manufacturers some of the engineering cost of developing low-end tablets using another chip, code named Bay Trail, that it originally had designed for more expensive devices.
The Sofia chips currently shipping have 3G features for low-end phones, and 4G versions for pricier smartphones will be released later this year, the company added.