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Windows 8 touchscreen device prices set to plummet

If you head up to the store today to purchase a Windows 8 device with a touchscreen, such as a notebook or tablet, you will likely pay at least $400. The high price tag is one of the reasons why Windows 8 hasn't performed as well on the market as Microsoft hoped. However, Intel CEO Paul Otellini says that prices of these devices are set to get much cheaper.

Otellini says that touch screen devices running Windows 8 and Intel's new Bay Trail processors will see their prices cut in half. Devices running these chips are expected to sink to price points that will allow for more penetration into the lower end tablet market with products available at around $200.

Bay Trail is a complete redesign of Intel's Atom microarchitecture. Intel expects the new processors to bring Atom closer to the performance of mainstream Intel processors.

"Bay Trail is going to be a great product in that segment of the market and enable stunning performance relative to what the competition can bring," said Stacy Smith, Intel chief financial officer.

Intel says that its new chip will allow device manufacturers to design tablets and notebooks as thin as 8 mm, or 0.3-inches. Bay Trail is also said to be the most powerful Atom processor so far and promises all day battery life and weeks on standby.

Source: CNET

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By Ammohunt on 4/17/2013 11:03:29 AM , Rating: 2
The atom systems I have owned running Linux for light server duty have been underwhelming. I would never consider running any version of Windows on them.

RE: Interesting
By karimtemple on 4/17/2013 11:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
Chances are the hardware being discussed here is far beyond the performance of the Atom parts you're running.

RE: Interesting
By kmmatney on 4/17/2013 12:45:00 PM , Rating: 3
They should rename the processor. The word "Atom" is already associated with "slow" for me...

RE: Interesting
By geekman1024 on 4/17/2013 10:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
I suggest they rename it to Mota, to imply that this is the complete reverse of Atom.

RE: Interesting
By Motoman on 4/18/2013 6:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
No way hoser. Mota is a planet in Phantasy Star. I won't have it thought of in any other manner.

RE: Interesting
By geekman1024 on 4/18/2013 9:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
That should be Motavia.

RE: Interesting
By Justin Time on 4/17/2013 6:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
Bay-Trail is a complete redesign, and really should be renamed.

22nm SOC, Quad-Core 2.7GHz (Burst), 8GB RAM, DX11, 2500x1600 display support, HW ecode/acceleration, USB-3.

This should perform well on processing specs alone (people are already claiming +70% on cedar-trail) which should definitely allow it to compete with AMD and ARM... the only question being, how well they manage the power demand, which is typically Intel's achilles.

RE: Interesting
By Ammohunt on 4/17/2013 7:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
.....which should definitely allow it to compete with AMD and ARM

I will believe it when I see it.

RE: Interesting
By Mint on 4/17/2013 7:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
Anand's tests show that Clovertrail is already competitive for CPU power and performance. It just has a weaker GPU right now.

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