April 18, 2011

About 35 Intel Oak Trail Tablets to Arrive in May

As reported last week, Intel is working on an all new Oak Trail chipset for the tablets.  At the Intel Developers Forum 2011 in Beijing, Intel showed its Atom family of chip dubbed Oak Trail meant for tablets that will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Bill Kircos, GM of Marketing, Intel Netbook & Tablet group, said that the OS, which is code-named Honeycomb, can run on Oak Trail chips. Release of actual products will depend on the device makers.

Kircos added that about 35 tablets housing Intel Oak Trail chips would be introduced next month from leading OEMs like Lenovo, Samsung, Fujitsu and Motion Computing. These new family of tablets would be capable of running Windows 7 and Intel MeeGo operating systems. 

At this moment, Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb runs on, and is available only with the tablets having ARM architecture based chips. In order to compete with rivals like Apple iPad and BlackBerry Playbook, Google aims to expand the support for Android 3.0 Honeycomb on more diverse processor architectures. Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering, Google,wrote in an official blog post that The Android platform has already spurred the development of hundreds of different types of devices - many of which were not originally contemplated when the platform was first created. 

Apparently, both Google Android and Intel are keen to acquire larger market share in tablet spaces in terms of model volumes and number of manufacturers. With advent of Oak Trail, the low-power Intel Atom architecture will compete with the ARM architecture based processors en masse. 

At IDF Beijing, Intel also talked about Oak Trail successor - Cloverview that would be manufactured with 32nm manufacturing process. The company is being ambitious about its plans and claimed that in 2013, new tablets as well as netbooks running on 22nm process based chips would be revealed. 

In next few months, be ready to be bombarded with announcements of new Intel Oak Trail tablets. Competition is going to get meaner and but you'll get loads of options to choose from. However, for Indian audience, it's going to take some time till all major options become available.

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