Intel cancels Broxton Atom, SoFIA modems
May 3, 2016 | 11:24
Intel has officially cancelled its upcoming Broxton Atom processor and SoFIA embedded modem products, but denies it is exiting the mobile market despite massive losses.
Intel has made no bones that its ignoring of the mobile market was a mistake: allowing Cambridge-based rival ARM to get a foothold has made it all-but impossible for Intel - not used to playing the underdog - to gain any share of the burgeoning business sector. While its Atom processor range and expensively-acquired modem know-how have improved in recent years, it remains a bit-player in the mobile market and has been making a steady loss for years - to the point where the company folded its mobile arm into the general processing division in order to hide the red ink on its balance sheet.
Now, the company has announced that it is to cancel its next-generation Atom system-on-chip (SoC) product, codenamed Broxton, along with the 3G, LTE, and LTE2 SoFIA modem products. Intel has, however, denied that this marks the beginning of a withdrawal from the mobile market: 'We are not exiting the mobile space,' a spokesperson for the company is emphatically telling interested parties in the press. 'We are committed to long-term leadership and improved profitability of our mobile business and the decision to cancel these projects enable us to move resources to products that deliver higher returns and advance our strategy.'
The cancellation comes as Intel looks to decimate its workforce and concentrate more heavily on the Internet of Things (IoT) market, as it clearly hopes to get in early enough to avoid the fate it has experienced in the mobile sector. The company has indicated that it will produce a next-generation 5G SoFIA modem design, but has not yet hinted at a replacement for the cancelled Broxton Atom.