When you think “Intel”, you most likely do not think “mobile.” Intel and mobile devices have rarely come together. In a bid to try and get into the ever growing mobile market, however, Intel has hired former Apple VP Mike Bell to head up what is called a “smart devices” team. According to AllThingsD, the team will look at “emerging technologies” to create new products:
The new group will look at emerging technologies and product trends, including ultra-mobile products, Intel said. The move is part of a broader series of organizational changes being made by the company’s new CEO, Brian Krzanich.
“The group will be tasked with turning cool technology and business model innovations into products that shape and lead markets,” the chipmaker said in a statement to AllThingsD.
Bell has a reputation for working on successful products, so he may just be the right guy for getting Intel into mobile. Projects that Bell was involved with at Apple include the iMac, iPhone, and Apple TV before he left in 2007. Intel may be a company to watch in the mobile space in the coming years, so definitely keep an eye out for it.
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