Intel Medfield smartphones/MIDs on sale Q3 2011 tip insiders

The first Intel Medfield based devices could ship as soon as Q3 2011, according to Taipei component sources, with the low-power devices making their debut at Computex in late May. According to DigiTimes, Intel has accelerated Medfield testing so as to better challenge the dominance of ARM-based chipsets in the mobile device market.

The hardware partners currently testing Medfield chips – which Intel has promised will beat ARM on power efficiency – are unknown, though Aava Mobile has been showing off a prototype smartphone using the new 32nm processors. Intel also expects to leverage its Infineon acquisition for new wireless options in smartphones, tablets and other ultraportables.