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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 phatboye on 5/20/2011 8:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
What part do you not understand about 2015 before TSMC goes to 14nm and Trigate like technology do you not understand!

Please link to me where you know TSMC won't release Finfet till the 14nm node. From what I've read they only said that the 28nm and 22nm nodes will be planner, but you seem to forget TSMC will have a 18nm node there has been no word on if that technology will be ready for that node or even when the 18nm node will be ready. They may even have it ready around the time Intel moves to 22nm. Neither one of us knows the answer to that.

You also clearly are missing the point, while the ATOM may lag behind in manufacturing process, Intel will have 2 years to ramp up production using this new technology for its OTHER LINES. Thats a good 4 years before TSMC even attempts it. Are you truly trying to imply Intel won't have a major advantage? Or do you think TSMC just flips the switch and all fabs are suddenly ready for the new technology overnight?

Yes ramp up takes a while but what you are implying is that it will put them another 2 years behind Intel so that will put them a total of 4 year behind? That is just crazy talk. Yeah TSMC had problems with the 45nm node and it took them a really long time to ramp up productions, but that is the past.

Also even if it takes 2 years to ramp up production and if they get low yields at first that doesn't mean that TSMC can't pump out chips.

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