Intel CEO Krzanich Talks Up Mobile, Wearables for CES

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) has just begun and the volume of news coming out of Las Vegas is massive. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, scheduled to deliver a CES keynote Monday evening, was expected to spend much of his time touting the company's push into mobile devices, including wearables.

Intel was remaining quiet Monday afternoon but Krzanich said in an interview last week that the company would be showing a variety of wearable devices at CES, all coming from Intel's New Devices division, led by former Apple and Palm executive Mike Bell.

A Push For Mobile

Wearable devices will be an important topic at CES this week but it is not the only category that Intel is hoping to dominate. In addition, the chip manufacturer is following the overall market in its move away from laptops and desktops and toward mobile phones and tablets. These mobile devices were rarely powered by Intel in 2013, but Krzanich is looking to change that in 2014.

Even though Intel has already worked with Motorola, Lenovo, and Acer to produce phones with an Intel chip at their core, none of those devices made their way to the United States. Although non-U.S. markets are equally important, the lack of Intel phones in the U.S. shows that the company has a lot of work to do before it can compete with the likes of Qualcomm and with a bevy of chipmakers like Samsung and Nvidia that manufacture ARM-based processors.

"How ever the market moves, wherever the compute need is, we want our products to do it best," said Krzanich, speaking with investors and analysts about future plans. And, with regard to performance over the past few years, Krzanich said, "We'd become insular. We'd become focused on what was our best product rather than...

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