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Expected to launch 35 tablets by year's end

Intel Corp. is preparing to unveil nearly a dozen new tablet computers that run on its chips at Computex, at the end of May, the Wall Street Journal reports

Intel is seeking to expand beyond PCs and into the mobile market, where ARM has dominated thanks to licensees such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments. 

Intel recently announced its new 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors that will boost performance by up to 37 percent compared to existing 32nm technology. It's all part of the company's focus on increasing performance while lowering power consumption -- a move aimed directly at ARM and its hold on the smartphone and tablet market.

Intel is launching a new set of Atom chips, codenamed Oak Trail, specifically for tablets. "While the project improves Intel's position, analysts say the company faces an uphill struggle, as it comes late to the game and is also handicapped by its lack of strong partnerships and applications designed for Android or other popular tablet operating systems, unlike its position in the PC world with Microsoft Inc.'s Windows," WSJ reports.

But Navin Shenoy, Intel's general manager for Asia-Pacific, told WSJ that more than 35 Intel-chip-based tablets are targeted to ship by the end of the year. He also mentioned that component shortages from Japan did not affect Intel's supply chain. 

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RE: Trigate
By paydirt on 5/18/2011 9:01:33 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, +37% performance at load OR 50% less power draw at load, PLUS 90% less power draw during inactivity.

If Intel really can go to 14nm manufacturing process, I think it will be hard for their competitors to follow suit unless they are getting the 22nm and 14nm technology through licenses from another company...?

Apple will still bring the sexy with their designs and applications, but if they are using technology that is 30%+ slower it will be a hard sell (and Apple is certainly up to that task)

RE: Trigate
By paydirt on 5/18/2011 9:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
The REALLY interesting thing about Intel news yesterday was that Paul Otellini (CEO of Intel) asked, "What company in the mobile space is the most profitable?" "Intel" he answered. For every 600 smartphones or 122 tablets out there, the telecom company needs to buy a _server_. AND they win on RIM, Nokia, Motorola, etc devices and not just Apple devices.

3-D fabrication and the leap in performance will allow Intel to leap ahead of AMD in the server space and prevent/stall an entry into the server space by ARM.

RE: Trigate
By Mitch101 on 5/18/2011 11:02:42 AM , Rating: 2
FinFET is baically 3D transistors and AMD's hope to compete but as usual Intel is 1-2 steps ahead of everyone else in manufacturing. Im not sure where Global Foundries is with this but the nice part of AMD is they can outsource to the first company that can provide it but again Intel is always 1-2 steps ahead in manufacturing.

TSMC pushes FinFET tech back to 14nm process size

RE: Trigate
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 1:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
When ARM chips reach dual core 2GHZ do you really think that extra power an x86 chip would provide will be necessary for the vast majority of applications?

They have been perfectly content in the past staying back on technology and waiting for it to mature, so being on the forefront of technology does not seem to be a requisite for Apple success.

I have my doubts Apple will switch anytime soon, they are increasingly becomming more involved in the actual design of ARM SOC's and it makes little sense to go from a custom part in which you have full control, to an Intel controlled part.

ARM just makes more sense for a vertically integrated company like Apple. In the long and short term..

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