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Will Intel’s Project Athena resurrect the cellular laptop?

The story of the mobile device industry has been one of a war between Qualcomm and Intel to power the next generation of connected consumer products. After a decade of rivalry and R&D, little has really changed. Intel tried, several times, to take a major position in smartphone chips but abandoned its processor and system-on-chip efforts for the final time in mid-2016. A few weeks ago, it also bailed on the 5G modem business when Apple made peace with Qualcomm, and looks likely to exit mobile basebands altogether, despite being a top three player courtesy of its acquisition of Infineon Wireless in 2011. So Qualcomm, despite its many challenges, remains supreme in smartphone SoC and modem products, as Apple acknowledged…

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