One of the new Samsung tablets expected to be unveiled in late June will feature a processor built by Intel, according to Reuters.
Most Android tablets and phones have come with computer chips made by ARM Holdings. That's weakened Intel's industry foothold as sales of mobile devices are expected to overtake sales of desktops and laptops.
Earlier this year Intel said it had improved its chip design to improve speed and energy efficiency. But analysts had warned that large-scale switchovers from ARM to Intel would be unlikely because of the fear that any stumbling blocks that might arise would derail the tight production schedules for mobile devices.
If Samsung does end up launching only one version of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with Intel's Clover Trail+ chip, it would fall in line with that logic.
New Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich recently acquired a unit of ST-Ericsson that develops GPS chips for mobile devices. The move is expected to bolster Intel's ability to develop the comprehensive chips that are more attractive to phone manufacturers.
Just as it finds a home in the mobile and tablet market, Intel's already looking ahead to the future. Krzanich also reorganized the company to create a new-devices team that would look to design chips for the next generation of gadgets, such as connected watches and glasses.
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