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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 Reclaimer77 on 5/18/2011 9:36:05 AM , Rating: 2
Trigate is the real deal. I fear for AMD. They will either have to pay Intel licensing rights to use the technology, or well, I don't know. But the 3d transistor is a game changer, no CPU without it will be able to compete.

RE: Trigate
By DanNeely on 5/18/2011 10:30:00 AM , Rating: 3
Intel's first to use it in a production environment, but the concepts behind 3d transistors are several decades old. Unless Intel discovered and patented something vital to scaling them from the lab bench to the fab there aren't any licensing rights involved.

The only question is how far out 3d transistors are on GF's roadmap. TSMC's roadmap has them at the 2014(?) time frame which will give Intel a few years of larger process lead in the ARM war. I haven't seen anything about when other fab companies are planning to have their implementations in place.

RE: Trigate
By 91TTZ on 5/18/2011 11:01:22 AM , Rating: 2
There is no reason to fear for AMD. Intel won't let AMD die, since AMD is currently the shield between Intel and antitrust lawsuits.

As far as AMD goes, Intel is very happy with the current setup they have. The competition is under control and they don't want it any other way. However, the mobile space is still up for grabs so Intel is looking for a way to get control of that situation.

RE: Trigate
By Mitch101 on 5/18/2011 11:09:21 AM , Rating: 1
If more applications finally leverage the GPU then AMD stands to get some significant boosts in applications. Intel already has thier GPU on some chips and with AMD building in a GPU to their CPU's finally developers should start leveraging whats available to them for speed improvements.

Im looking at you Compression, Anti-Virus, Graphics (Adobe mainly).

Some apps already take advantage of GPU's Photoshop and some web browsers when the GPU is standard more developers need to leverage which is better or both for their product.

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