Intel Expects 35 Atom Tablets Coming in 2011
Tablet explosion in 2011.
Tablets are the next big form factor now that netbooks have flooded the mainstream. Apple may have the market now with the iPad, but Intel is getting ready to jump in as the chipmaker's CEO said that there will be more than 35 tablets in 2011 with Intel inside.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said, "We have two flavors of products; one carries our PC legacy, the codename is Oak Trail. This is for the Windows environment. That's important for people who want the advantage of PC peripheral compatibility. All the printers in the world work, all the USB drivers in the world work. Any PC peripheral will work perfectly well with Oak Trail. [It is a] very solid, high-performance, low-power version of Atom."
Otellini continued. "We have an even more optimized [Atom] version called Moorestown. For people who want the most lightweight, longest battery life, thinnest machine. It doesn't carry the PC compatibility. It's got the x86 instruction set, so Internet compatibility is there, but we're not worrying about legacy support [in Windows]."