updated 06:26 am EDT, Tue June 3, 2014
Over 130 tablets launching this year to use Intel processors
Intel has unveiled its vision for tablet-based computing, by unveiling its latest mobile PC reference design. Part of a wider keynote event at Computex focused on mobile computing, the tablet is a 2-in-1 device using a 14nm Broadwell processor, a chip dubbed the Intel Core M processor purpose-built for use in similar multi-usage tablets and notebooks.
The reference device uses a 12.5-inch display, with the entire fanless unit measuring 7.2mm (0.28 inches) thick and weighing 670g (1.4 pounds), when detached from the keyboard. While it will run fanless, it will also apparently work with a media dock that will provide extra cooling as well as a boost in performance. As a reference design, it is not expected to go on sale to the public, but is likely to inspire other manufacturers in terms of what could be done with a tablet.
Intel fanless reference design 2-in-1 tablet
Speaking on stage at Computex. Intel President Renée James claimed Intel processors will be used in 130 tablets running Windows or Android this year, with more than a dozen being launched during the show itself. Approximately 35 percent of the Intel Atom tablets launching this year use or will include Intel-based communications, with the company starting to ship its Category 6-capable Intel XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced platform to manufacturers for use in tablets set to launch later this year.
The push to smartphones is also continuing, with James making the first public phone call with a smartphone reference design using Intel's dual-core SoFIA 3G technology. While it is working on bringing its first integrated mobile System on Chip for entry-level smartphones and tablets in the fourth quarter, the company plans to launch a quad-core SoFIA LTE component in early 2015, and also recently signed an agreement with Rockwell to bring a quad-core SoFIA 3G version to low-cost tablets at around the same time.
Also brought up in the event was the company's RealSense technology, which allows for Kinect-style gesture recognition and various depth perception-based operations. The 2014 SDK will be made available to developers in the third quarter of this year, with the manufacturer holding the $1 Million Intel RealSense App Challenge to encourage development of the platform.