Intel pulling a Microsoft on tablet chips?

| April 11, 2011 | Reply

Intel today announced the next generation of it’s popular Atom processor line, the Oak Trail platform. This is designed with tablets in mind. It will support flash, 1080p playback, and hdmi out. They have managed to combine the memory controller and the graphics onto the processor die which is 60% smaller than the current lineup of Atom. It will use less battery and should be ready sometime later this year.

The problem with this is that the world of tablet, and soon phone is dual core. To be the best you have to beat the best, and this simply doesn’t cut it. It seems Intel knows that right now it will be more of an entry level processor, with plans in the next three years to really get it’s stuff together on the tablet platform. Just recently, Qualcomm announces a quad core(yes, four) chipset at Mobile World Congress and actually showed it running on an android tablet. I remember a certain phone OS that decided to take on this approach and hasn’t had the sales it was hoping for. In fact, it left people looking for ways to change the OS on their phone all together (HD2 running android, anyone?).  You can follow the link if you’d like to see the press release, sigh, look at your xoom or ipad2 and chuckle.

Source: Intel

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