Intel is a big name in the processor market, for over two decades, it has comfortably eaten a lion share in the processor market. Consumer electronics, PCs and Servers proudly sport this processor, and it hasn’t shown any sign of dropping out yet. In the past few months ticking into years, the company’s presence hasn’t been felt in the market, with other processors coming on some of these new gadgets.
The backdrop could be due to a bad call that the company made by failing to see the true potential of the ARM-based processors that are powering many devices; but instead, it invested in a 4G technology called WiMax which lost out to LTE. From its recent move, it looks like the company has learnt a great deal from its past mistakes, and it has decided to make a presence in the not-yet-competitive 5G market.
The company didn’t mince words when detailing its 5G plans and also unveiling some industry collaborations that it has done to help accelerate the development of the 5G network.5G is gradually becoming the blanket for many new devices, as many electronics, PC and Smartphone makers want a faster wireless feature on newer devices, and just like the 4G, the 5G could be the next big deal.
The latest collaboration could hasten the release of the 5G as the company stated that it is expecting a 2018 release of the 5G. I would agree and disagree, because at the rate at which many other processors are going, at the rate at which features and specs are being improved, 2018 could be too far for a 5G network that could hit the market anytime.
Intel unveiled some modems and chipsets at the Mobile World Congress to buttress the fact that it is gradually stepping back into the arena. It also introduced a 5G platform that makes for faster prototyping, and this offers a better development platform as it would be supporting faster integration and testing of 5G devices. In addition to the devices and the platform, the company also unveiled the list of its partners; they are Ericsson, KT, LG, At&T, Verizon, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE and SK Telecom.
Looking at the list of manufacturers that Intel is partnering with, a person could easily tell that this isn’t about Intel alone; it’s about many mobile phones and consumer electronics makers that are finding it pretty hard in the technology market. Nokia stopped producing phones and sold off to Microsoft; Ericsson couldn’t replicate its Java success in the Smartphone industry, LG, At&t, Huawei, Verizon and the others are struggling to stay at the top. If these companies should release Smartphones with a 5G network, there could be a significant turnaround in their fortune.
Intel revealed that less than 5% of its income is from the IoT, and with the release of the modems and chipsets, it hopes to get over 15% of its revenues from the IoT.
The technology market is a very competitive one, and to remain relevant for a long time, a company has to be innovative, different and always ready to improve and re-strategize. This could be the re-strategizing point for Intel, let’s watch and see how much they can gain from the market they lost.