updated 11:20 pm EDT, Mon November 1, 2010
Chips geared for tablets
Intel has announced that its next-generation Atom platform, which carries the monicker Oak Trail, is on schedule to arrive on the market early in 2011. The system-on-a-chip lineup is geared for tablets, offering improvements to energy efficiency. The company claims the components will allow users to browse the web or watch videos for up to 12 hours, although the tablet size used for reference was not mentioned.
"The biggest power part of the tablet is the panel. In terms of an idle-use case we are competitive in a tablet usage compared to any other solution out there," Intel marketing director Anil Nanduri told Reuters in an interview.
Oak Trail is expected to help Intel compete against companies using ARM-based technology, which currently dominates the tablet market. ARM architecture has proven attractive to many companies placing a high priority on power efficiency to maximize battery life in compact housings. Oak Trail is also expected to support several operating systems, such as Chrome OS, Windows 7 and Android.
Intel has yet to disclose detailed specs or pricing information for its upcoming Oak Trail offerings.