in January during CES Intel was showing off tablet prototypes and the hardware
inside those tablets was codenamed Oak Trail. Those tablets made an appearance
again at Computex 2011 last week. Now, Intel and a couple of its partners have
announced that they are now shipping tablets based on Oak Trail.
The tablets come from Fujitsu and Motion Computing and are the Q550 and CL900
respectively. The tablets are both aimed at corporate and business users rather
than the consumer-focused iPad. Acer and Toshiba also both showed off tablets
using the processors as well at Computex 2011 last week. The processor in side
both the Q550 and the CL900 tablets is the single-core Z670 processor and it
runs at a clock speed of 1.5GHz.
The processor has on-chip accelerators for decoding 1080p video and the chip is
designed to run Windows, Android, and MeeGo operating systems. The Fujitsu and
Motion Computing offerings have security features that make them more
attractive in the business world. The Fujitsu tablet has a fingerprint reader
and the Motion Computing offering has Absolute Software Computrace Complete
installed on it right out of the box. That software helps the user and
administrator to find tablets that are lost or stolen.
Both of the tablets also have Trusted Platform management 1.2 inside. TPM 1.2
allows for hardware cryptography and authentication technology to enhance
security. When running Windows 7 like the Q550 and CL900 the tablets will also
run existing applicatons within a business.
tablets also differ from the iPad in that they have SSD storage, USB ports, and
HDMI outputs. Both of the new tablets also have cameras on the front and rear
along with Wi-Fi and optional 3G. The Q550 tips the scales at 1.7 pounds and
sells for $729 with the CL900 weighing 2.1 pounds $899.
Benchmarks have shown the Oak Trail
processors to be hot and slow compared to the more seasoned ARM competition.