Intel’s Atom Cancellation Has Big Ramifications for a Surface Phone

Microprocessor giant Intel has had an even harder time adapting to today’s mobile computing world than has Microsoft. And the latest evidence is a just-announced cancellation of an Atom processor designed for smart phones and tablets … which I think has big ramifications for a rumored Intel-based Surface phone.

Intel, like Microsoft, has watched from the sidelines as mobile devices have laid waste to the traditional PC market that previously defined personal computing. This has been happening for well over a decade, and Intel’s inability to effectively compete with mobile-oriented ARM chips is just the latest example of a long string of mobile defeats.