Intel said it had 22-nm silicon for phones, however, and James characterized its phone processors as more powerful than a Pentium 4.
For her part, James has led an often-overlooked portion of Intel's business: software and tools, specifically the embedded OS. One of those has been Tizen, the open-source phone OS championed by both Intel and Samsung. Neither, however, has pushed Tizen much past the drawing board, and James didn't mention it.
As computing is getting more personal and connected, Krzanich said, the need to have a single architecture on a single piece of silicon becomes greater. Capabilities like connectivity and communications becomes even more important. "And we look at this and say, this plays right to our strengths," Krzanich said.
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