Intel to unveil more than 10 Oak Trail tablets at ComputexBy Jose Vilches
Intel is bringing out the guns at the upcoming Computex trade show, to be held from May 31 to June 4 in Taipei, with more than 10 new tablets powered by Meego and Android operating systems. The tablets will be based on Intel's Oak Trail processors and several major vendors are expected to embrace the new platform, the Wall Street Journal reports.
While its unclear exactly which manufacturers are going to launch tablet devices running on Intel chips, the company is expected to use its ties with the likes of Asus, Lenovo, and others to help it establish in the tablet market.
Intel has had a hard time cracking into the tablet market so far -- or smartphones for that matter -- but they are responding to the challenge with new low-power Atom microprocessors aimed specifically at this market. They are also hard at work porting Google's tablet-specific Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, to the x86 architecture, and will reportedly pay a $10 subsidy for each Intel-based tablet shipped in order to attract first-tier notebook vendors.
Going forward the company says it expects to ship more than 35 of Intel's chip-based tablet models through the year -- an unlikely goal considering we're almost halfway through. Intel is also working on a follow up Cedar Trail platform for tablets and its Medfield chip designed for smartphones, though we probably won't see those in the market until 2012.
With ARM currently holding an overwhelming majority of the tablet and smartphone market through licensing agreements, convincing hardware manufacturers to embrace the still-unproven Atom won't be easy. Their debut model, the 1.5 GHz single-core Atom Z670, is said to deliver improved video playback, fast Internet browsing, and longer battery life, without sacrificing performance -- but it's also rumored to cost OEMs three times as much as Tegra 2.