Intel is hoping to grab a significant slice of tablet pie this year, when a new wave of devices is released using its Oak Trail – or Z670, to use its retail name –processor.
Intel is the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips, but most tablets – including the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab – currently use ARM-based processors, such as the NVIDIA Tegra 2.
Oak Trail will be compatible with a number of different operating systems, including Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Windows 7 and MeeGo. ARM’s technology isn’t compatible with Windows at present.
Some analysts, however, think Intel will struggle to make an impact. Gartner research director Michael Gartenberg said: “I think they have got some serious challenges. They continue to beat the drum of performance, but in reality, I don't think there are a lot of people running around complaining about how slow their tablets are. They seem to be quite happy with the Arm architecture."
The first Oak Trail-based tablets are expected to land in May.