In Pictures: In the rough post-PC seas, Intel fights back

A new set of chips promises to power everything from wearables to high-end PCs

"Merrifield" aims to finally get Intel inside smartphones As tough as the slogging has been for Atom in tablets, its smartphone version has done even worse. In fact, Intel's presence in smartphones is close to to zero. The 22nm "Merrifield" Atom chip is Intel's bid to get adoption in smartphones, nearly all of which use various ARM-based chips. "Merrifield" is basically "Bay Trail" with communications and sensor capabilities included, such as for GPS.

We may see another prototype "Merrifield" smartphone in February 2014 at the Mobile World Conference (one was shown at Computex in June). But as ARM chipmakers continue to advance that platform -- Apple has a 64-bit A7 chip in the new iPhone 5s -- Intel has a big challenge to get any takers.

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