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Intel suffers delay to Clover Trail power management software

Updated Cutting it fine for Windows 8 launch
Tue Oct 02 2012, 12:30
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CHIPMAKER Intel reportedly has been delayed in shipping power management software for its Clover Trail Atom chips.

Intel's Clover Trail promotion began at IDF where the firm showed off a few devices and swung into high gear last week when it showed off some Clover Trail devices running Windows 8. Now the firm is reported to have suffered delays in delivering power management software that will help Windows 8 take advantage of Clover Trail's power saving features.

With Intel heavily backing Windows 8 with its Clover Trail processor, this delay is a further embarrassment for the firm, coming just says after the company's CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that Windows 8 will be shipped with bugs. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has yet to approve any Clover Trail tablets due to Intel's delay in producing power management software.

Given that Intel has said that it won't be providing any power management software to the Linux kernel and seems unlikely to release the specifications of the Clover Trail chip, the chipmaker desperately needs Microsoft to green light Clover Trail tablet designs in time for the launch of Windows 8.

Microsoft is also working on its own ARM based Surface tablet, and other Windows RT devices could not only come in cheaper than Clover Trail devices but also have power management software.

With Microsoft set to launch Windows 8 in less than one month, Intel doesn't have long to get its Clover Trail power management software and associated tablets blessed by Microsoft.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The INQUIRER that Clover Trail chips will not be delayed and that it will be ready for Microsoft's launch of Windows 8 later this month.

While Intel's relationship with Microsoft is not what it used to be, both firms still need each other and it is highly likely that Intel is pulling out all the stops to get Clover Trail silicon and supporting software ready and certified in time for Microsoft's Windows 8 launch on 26 October. µ


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