Intel has stated that it has deals with hardware makers to release as many as 20 Windows 8 tablets using its Clover Trail series of processors.
Intel Clover Trail Processors To Power 20 Windows 8 Tablets
Intel has claimed to have made enough deals with hardware makers to have 20 upcoming tablets running on their Clover Trail processors. Clover Trail has been designed to compete directly with mobile processors designed by UK-based ARM holdings. ARM designs are used by companies like NVIDIA (Tegra) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon). Apple’s A4, A5 and recently A5X are all based on ARM designs and made by their in house CPU engineers.
Clover Trail combines high battery life with stronger performance to become a contender for the SoC race that is currently afoot between all sorts of mobile vendors. Intel VP Tom Kilroy made this statement at the Computex event in Taipei. He did not mention any names or dates but it is a known fact that Intel is working with multiple OEMs to push out its new chips. And many of these OEMs already have progressed far enough to be able to offer these tablets right alongside the official launch of Windows 8. Windows 8 os expected to launch around October this year, although Microsoft has not announced any official dates yet.
Lenovo, HP, Dell and Toshiba are companies that are more likely to make Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 and many of them are planning to make hybrid devices that will see convertible designs that turn tablets in to notebooks and vice versa.
Intel is facing stiff competition from ARM though, as the latter is still by far the dominant player in this segment. Intel in turn offers one major advantage that ARM tablets won’t be able to offer — support for legacy applications. Windows on ARM (Windows RT) will not be able to suppot legacy apps but Windows on x86 (Intel and AMD) will have that support. However, Clover Trail processors are not strong enough to run major legacy apps like Adobe’s creative applications mainly because they were designed for desktops with heavy processor and memory demands. So it remains to be seen whether this advantage translates in to market gains for Intel.