Windows 8 tablets are one step closer to becoming a reality and the competition they are going to provide will spice up the current tablet market. Even if the demand for the well known iPad doesn’t seem to experience a decrease, there is a demand out there for a more adaptable and powerful gadget.
Intel Tablets With Windows 8 to be Launched by The End of 2012
So far, tablets like HP TouchPad or BlackBerry PlayBook did not attract a large number of followers, so an opportunity and a niche has been created here for Microsoft. And apparently, the company is willing to take it. According to reliable information coming from trusty insiders, the Microsoft next generation touch-filled Windows 8 operating system plus the Intel hardware responsible for breathing light into the OS will be coming out in November.
Also, another bomb is dropped. Alongside these goodies, users will be able to grab the first wave on Intel-based Windows 8 tablets. Windows 8 will be the first operating system to use an ARM-based chipset. Quite a novelty in the OS department, we must reckon.
Apart from these tablet computers, some hybrids or convertibles will become available according to the information provided by CNET.
Watch Out, iPad and Android
The models will combine a keyboard with the capabilities of the tablet PC in order to provide better access and interaction. The new Windows 8 tablets will most likely be shipping with a Intel dual-core Atom-based CPU that is also known as Clover Trail. Like his partner in crime, Intel is too trying to make it into the mobile world. Back at Intel’s annual investor day, Forbes reported that Intel made it quite clear that it plans to sniff around the mobile device maker court yard to see what might fit.
“Our job is to ensure our silicon is so compelling, in terms off running the Mac better or being a better iPad device, that as they make those decisions they can’t ignore us,”
stated Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
Under the hood, Intel will have to go against ARM chipsets (ARM Cortex A15 will be 5 Times Faster) that already conquered the mobile world and are pretty dominant in this space. But the Clover Trail CPU has a few aces up its sleave. It is conceived based on the single-core Medfield CPU model, model that can only be found in the most recent Android devices coming out from Lenovo and Orange. The Clover Trail manufacturing process will be done at 32 nm in order to increase power efficiency as much as possible.
More than that, the Clover Trail already has a successor available and ready to take things even further. The processor is called Bay Trail and will be capable of moving to a smaller 22 nm process. And because Intel acquired Infineon the new Bay Trail will enjoy 3G/4G integration. Presumably after the Intel launch, we will witness a totally separate release party for the Windows RT ARM tablets. The devices are expected to drop on the market as soon as the Intel’s one make it to retail store. Competition will be fierce.[via Cnet]