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Intel and OEM partners show off Atom based Windows 8 tablets

Promises better battery life in slimmer, lighter tablets
Fri Sep 28 2012, 12:26
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CHIPMAKER Intel together with its OEM partners has shown off its new wave of Windows 8 tablets that are powered by the firm's Atom Z2760 processor.

At an event in San Francisco on Thursday, Intel showcased a range of tablets and tablet convertibles made by HP, Samsung, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG and ZTE to appeal to enterprise customers seeking a Windows 8 tablet.

Formerly codenamed Clover Trail, the Intel Atom Z2760 chip is seen as the company's answer to Windows RT devices based on ARM chip designs, and Intel claims it will offer better battery life and always-on technology in slimmer, lighter tablet designs.

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"This is just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life," Intel GM for application processor platforms Erik Reid said in a statement.

Intel said the chip will also enable tablet designs as thin as 8.5mm and as light as 700g.

"The dual-core, four-thread system-on-chip (SoC) provides longer battery life with more than [three] weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of local HD video playback," the statement read.

Chipzilla also said that its Atom processor will integrate into a business computing environment "seamlessly" due to Secure Boot and its firmware based Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT).

Earlier this month, Intel said it is betting on major performance gains for its upcoming Atom processors in the smartphone and tablet market  as the industry moves out of the PC era.

Speaking at the company's IDF 2012 conference, Intel Fellow and chief platform architect for mobile and communications Ticky Thakkar said that the company's chips have a number of design advantages that will allow it to distance itself from competitors in mobile markets. µ


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