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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: Process technology is all well and good...
By shompa on 5/18/2011 12:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
Computers are getting to be "fast enough". It is only tech geeks, gamers and heavy computer users who need the newest intel chip. If you check the load of an ordinary PC you will see that it idles 90%+.

PowerPC/ARMs has 2 huge advantages over X86. It is cheap to build and draws little energy. Early next year ARMs will be quod core up to 2.5ghz and draw about 2.5 watt. That computing capacity is enough for almost everybody. You can use Office, surf, Photoshop and video encoding. A quod core ARM + quod core graphic costs about 25 dollars to OEM.

ARM has to fix 2 things. 64bit and an interconect so you can use many processors. Dual quod core 2.5 ghz ARMs. 5 watt.

This is the reason why finally X86 will die and be a niche market, just like SPARC was 10 years ago.

The fastest computers in the world uses Nvidia/AMD graphics for computing.
The low end/middle end will be ARM.

Now if everybody started to use ARM, stopped using Flash we could close 20+ nuclear reactors in the world just from the energy save.
And if Windows finally disappears, we will have flying cars and other innovations.

By Oni No Kami on 5/18/2011 3:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
For ARM to be widely used in the personal computing space (PCs), they either have to develop an x86 processor or convince software developers to support their platform.

They already have a potential OS if Windows 8 will indeed support ARM.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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