Chip giant steps up its efforts to supply more components to handsets and wearables
As PC and even smartphone sales growth slows, chip suppliers are focusing on new categories, such as wearables, for their growth, as well as on adding new components to handsets to buoy the revenue achievable from these devices. Intel is following both trends, expanding its investments in makers of wearables such as smartwatches, and adding new elements such as Wireless Display and RealSense to the mobile mix.
The company plans to shrink its RealSense 3D camera to fit into a smartphone, CEO Brian Krzanich told the firm's developer event in China this week. The technology has been developed with an eye on the internet of things (IoT), but has previously been too large for mobile devices, though it has been integrated into some PCs and into drones.