In a renewed bid to enter the mobile processor space, Intel has bought a mobile chip manufacturer called Silicon Hive. Intel has been trying to enter the mobile computing space for quite some time now but has failed to make a mark.
Netherlands based Silicon Hive specialises in parallel processors for system on a chip (SOC) designs. The company develops products for use in mobile devices and handset systems.
Originally a part of Philips Research Laboratories, Silicon Hive was spun off as a separate entity in 2007. Along with New Venture Partners, the company said that it received backing from Intel Capital.
“They’ve been with us from the early stages, and have been strategic advisors on our product and business development along the way,” Silicon Hive chief executive Atul Sinha said.
“We now target phenomenal successes inside Intel in the delivery of differentiated multimedia experiences in Atom-processor based SoCs,” he added.
Silicon Hive said that it will work with Intel primarily on its portable device and embedded computing operations. Possible applications include netbooks, automobiles and smartphones.
Intel is trying to develop its Atom family of processor for use in smartphones and tablets. With this acquisition it will have better capabilities to develop this platform.
Intel has not been able to make a mark in the mobile space where players such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung are the current market leaders. It earlier partnered with Nokia to develop a mobile operating system called Meego, which would be designed to use Intel processor architecture better. The partnership is not going well as Nokia has now decided to use Windows Phone as its default smartphone OS.