But Intel's recent efforts to assert itself against Qualcomm, Samsung and the others that have dominated the mobile processor market have been determined and diverse. The company caught up with Apple's 64-bit smartphone chips in February with the release of the Z34XX and Z35XX lines, and the acquisition just this week of Rockchip, a Taiwanese manufacturer of low-end chips for Android devices, underscores the seriousness of Intel's mobile challenge.
"Intel has a stated goal of shipping over 40 million Android tablets this year," said McVeigh. "We are in this game to play."
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