Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
As the “thinginess” of the Internet of Things concept matures manufacturers will realize that the thing and its purpose comes first and the “internet of” part comes second as a feature or function of the THING. So this move is a natural, and mobile as part of the PC (like device) serves the purpose of fewer wires and portability first.
Wireless also makes sense for refrigerators too, but not because someone is building a backpack ‘fridge, but because it makes it easy to connect to the fridge THING from other things…
The other strategic thing this might signal is movement to a true SOC rather than a sorta SOC, which could leapfrog Intel ahead once again.
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal mobile financial results, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions in early 2015.
The Mobile and Communications Group reported a $1 billion operating loss in the third quarter of 2014, with a $1 million revenue drop year-over-year. The mobile chip group will join Intel’s profitable PC Client Group — which saw a 6% increase in revenue to $9.2 billion in the third quarter — under PC Group vice president Kirk Skaugen.
“The lines between the products are getting blurred. Phones are becoming phablets, tablets are becoming two-in-ones. The processors going into those two products are crossing lines,” Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy told EE Times. “The [mobile] market isn’t standing still waiting for us to catch up. It made sense…that we start treating these as a spectrum of products rather than point products.”