Will 2012 be any different for Intel’s mobile plans?

Intel provided a glimpse of some reference designs for Android smartphones and tablets built off its Medfield mobile chip, which it believes will finally catapult the company into the mobile market in 2012. This is a refrain Intel has echoed before so will next year be different?

Intel’s Thunderbolt to Strike at Media Transfer

Intel’s Thunderbolt connection technology announced today will help consumers with one of their biggest digital problems, transferring huge media files in minutes as opposed to hours, and will also give Intel chips a home inside a variety of connected devices.

Intel Moves DRM Into Chips for PC Streaming

Intel’s newest processors, which it is showing off at CES this week, will feature improved graphics capabilities and content protection built in. But will Intel’s latest attempt to make its processors sexier with the help of Hollywood blockbusters pay off better than its past efforts?

Here Comes Another Pocketable Windows Device. But Why?

Tablets are likely to dominate January’s Consumer Electronics Show, but there will also be one particular class of product that doesn’t stand a chance of major success: pocketable mobile devices running Microsoft Windows 7. Two key factors continue to keep these devices in the niche category.

Chips Don’t Lie: Mobile Is Hot

Rising demand for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and handheld gaming devices will push mobile processor sales past the 4 billion mark by 2014, says In-Stat. But consumers and their devices don’t just want a mobile CPU; they want integrated mobile broadband connectivity too.

Intel: Desperately Seeking Software (Margins)

There’s no shortage of opinions as to why Intel bought McAfee, but there’s far too little attention paid to the obvious: Intel is trying to get beyond its hardware roots. Intel knows it needs software margins, and it’s prepared to both buy and build those margins.

Intel Close to Buying Infineon's Wireless Chip Biz

In an effort to gain a toehold in the smartphone business, Intel is inching closer to acquiring the wireless business of German chip maker, Infineon. Analysts believe that this deal is likely to have a big impact on the wireless chip industry.

Intel Canoe Lake Netbook — Super Thin

This year’s Computex show was a sprawling display of mobile technology coming down the pike. Intel laid out its upcoming mobile processors, Oak Trail and Canoe Lake. One of the coolest notebooks on display at this year’s show was the Intel Canoe Lake reference design.

Will Content on a Smartphone Someday Power Your Television Set?

Intel is trying to move into the living room with its WiDi, or Wireless Display, technology that streams computer content to a television using a point-to-point Wi-Fi connection. The technology could come to smartphones and that might add appeal to Intel’s Atom for powering future handsets.

Intel May Buy Infineon's Mobile Chip Business

Intel is rumored to be looking to buy German chip maker Infineon’s mobile chip business. The chip giant is trying to diversify beyond its core PC and server markets into new, fast-growing mobile markets. The company is woefully behind ARM-based rivals such as Qualcomm.

Make the Case for Desktop Computing

Mobile computing is rapidly gaining adoption, and will soon render desktops obsolete, believes the head of IT for Purdue University in Indiana. When we previously covered the decline of the desktop, our readers weren’t ready to give up on it. What do you think now?

Why Intel Will Be a Mobile Loser

Intel has announced new Atom Z6xx chips targeting smartphones and web tablets. The new chips don’t mask the fact that an innovator’s dilemma caused Intel to horribly miscalculate its mobile strategy. With strong competitors like Qualcomm, Intel looks like a mobile loser. Here is why.

Is Intel's Atom Splitting Apart the Netbook Market?

As netbook sales slow, Intel reportedly plans to pack more power into its next-generation Atom, which currently powers netbooks. And now notebooks are entering price levels where once only the lowly netbook dared to tread. Is the end of the netbook market near?

iBUYPOWER Laptop Brings Core i7 Power to the Table

It sometimes feels that all notebook talk concerns those little, cheap devices known as netbooks. It’s time to change that with this announcement of a gaming notebook that is loaded for bear. The 15-inch power notebook adds a multitouch display to an already powerful package.

Intel Classmate PC Grows Up

The Intel Classmate PC gets a bigger 10-inch screen and a grippy surface to make it easier to handle with small hands. That’s fortunate as the name implies, the Classmate PC is aimed squarely at the younger set. This new generation was announced at the CeBIT.

Facebook Friends Austin, But It's Complicated

Facebook is coming to Austin with plans to create 200 jobs as part of its first big U.S. expansion, if the city will approve $200,000 in incentives on top of the state’s offer of $1.4 million. So will Facebook help keep Austin weird?

Apple Makes at Least $200 Per iPad Sold: Report

A new report about production costs for the iPad reveals a wide profit margin on a per-device basis. The entry-level $499 model apparently generates $208 in profit, while the top of the line $829 model more than doubles that, raking in $446 per unit.

Intel Goes to the Super Bowl: We Are All Nerds Now

This year Intel will return to the Super Bowl with two new ads for its latest line of processors as well as sponsor the post-game show. Intel helped make advertising for geeky tech components cool, and this latest marketing effort aims to keep Intel on top.

Analyst: ARM Will Beat Intel in Ultra Mobile

Intel isn’t going to beat ARM when it comes to providing the brains behind smartphones, netbooks and even ultra-mobile PCs, according to ABI Research. The analyst firm said today that ARM-based ultra mobile devices will surpass x86 based devices by 2013.

Qualcomm Leapfrogs Intel With 28-Nano Chips

As part of Qualcomm’s effort to gain an edge over Intel, the wireless chip giant plans to skip the current cutting-edge technology and go straight to making 28-nanometer chips. If done well, Qualcomm’s chips will perform better and cost less, giving it an advantage.

Ultra-wideband Players Get $20M to Merge

Today, Ultra-wideband chip makers Artimi and Staccato Communications announced $20 million in funding and a merger agreement, which seems like tying two leaky boats together, giving them some more gas and hoping they make it to shore.

Recession Hits Intel Where It Hurts

Intel (INTC) after the close of markets today issued its fourth-quarter revenue forecast — something it had said it would do on Dec. 4 — and as expected, cut its guidance by some $1 billion.

Ultra-wideband Near Death as WiQuest Shuts Down

EETimes reported that Ultra-wideband startup WiQuest has shut its doors. This is a sad day for the more than 120 employees of the Allen, Texas chipmaker and unfortunate for the venture backers who put at least $54 million in the wireless networking company, but it’s something we should prepare to see more of as the wave of startups backing that standard finally run out of money and compelling arguments for the technology

Like Consumer Spending, Chip Sales Slump

Two pieces of news out indicate the recession is indeed going to put a damper on the consumer electronics industry. In in its quarterly filing with the SEC today, Intel (s INTC) explained that the uncertain economic climate means its revenue guidance for the fourth quarter is a wider range than normal, but even at the high end would be, “an increase that is at the lower end of our seasonal trends.”

Intel Betting On Ultra-Mobile Computers

Intel (NSDQ: INTC) is continuing its push to get ultra-mobile personal computers to a decent sales volume, planning to ship processors and a…