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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: What about instruction set differences?
By Samus on 5/18/2011 11:44:59 PM , Rating: 3
I think people are so fixated on current tablet trends (iOS/Android) that they're missing the big picture.

Intel tablets are going to obviously run Windows. They could care less about Android and its apps. Current tablets are crap, just oversized phones. People who want apps can use their phones. People who want a real tablet will want something that can run real programs. Outlook with exchange support, Quickbooks, be a domain member, real remote desktop/remote web workplace support, maybe even print.

They'll go for an entirely different market and dominate it, because until Windows 8, ARM wont be able to compete in it.

This is also a clear response to Intel's disapproval of Microsoft porting Windows to RISC architecture.

By ekv on 5/19/2011 6:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
This is also a clear response to Intel's disapproval of Microsoft porting Windows to RISC architecture.
Maybe. Often however, MSFT will quiz Intel on what technology is in the dev pipeline, in order to gauge their research efforts. [Microsoft also does some work on the OEM hardware side of things.]

Recall Jobs picking Intel over AMD several years ago. Right when AMD was clearly out-performing Intel P4's and what-have-you. Did Jobs have inside info on what Core would do to AMD offerings?

In other words, is it possible MSFT had an idea of what Intel would be announcing at Intel's annual meeting except still made the call to partner with and/or venture into ARM territory?

[Ok, kinda crazy ... unless TSMC (or GF or Charter, etc.) plans to step up their 22nm efforts.]

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