Intel also announced a multi-year collaboration with China-based ZTE for the production of Intel-based "unique and differentiated" products for wireless operators. The first Intel-based mobile device from ZTE should appear in the second half of this year.
On the hardware side, Intel announced the Atom Z2580, which will double the performance of the Z2460 and provide multimode LTE/3G/2G operation. Also, the existing Z2460 range will expand to parts running at up to 2GHz.
Moving downmarket, the Atom Z2000 is designed for the 'value' (low-cost) smartphone segment, with a 1.0GHz CPU, "great graphics and video performance," and support for Intel's dual-SIM HSPA+ modem. The first handsets using this chip are expected in early 2013.
All of these products are based on 32nm technology. Intel also announced it will ship 22nm devices for carrier certification during 2013, and is already working on 14nm parts.