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Intel and Microsoft Muscling Into Tablets This Year

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Expect Wintel to be moving into the tablet business too.

Tablet PCs themselves aren't new, but the entire segment is revitalized now thanks to Apple and its iPad.

While ARM-based chip solutions, such as Nvidia's Tegra family and even Apple's A4 chip, seem well suited enough for tablets, Intel isn't going to leave that market alone.

Apparently, Intel is working on a "dedicated architecture and dedicated solution" for tablets. Carrypad got a soundbite from Intel's Mooley Eden, and Tech Report transcribed his comment.

So Mooly, a question regarding how soon can we see ULV into tablets. Anytime soon?

I believe that ULV, if you look at it, you might find [a] few in tablets, but I believe the tablets will require different solutions. Probably they'll require even thinner TDP than what you have seen in the ULV. And for the tablets we've got special solutions that we're going to [uncover] at the coming Computex. We'll have a dedicated silicon for the tablet space. Because the ULV, although it's great for 0.75" or 0.8" notebooks, might be too hot for a tablet, and you need even a lower-power solution. We decided to come with [a] dedicated architecture and dedicated solution to address the tablet segment.

Intel's new Atom-based Moorestown chips could do the trick, but then again, there could be another new reveal at Computex.

In related news, MSI and Asus have long announced ARM-based tablets that run Android – but Digitimes reports that OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants.

While the ARM-powered Android tablets are still in the works, they may no longer be in the spotlight.

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    micky_lund , May 27, 2010 1:13 PM
    this is how apple is 'revitalising' the tablet PC range

    but on topic, ULVs look sweet. hopefully this becomes the normal in 1-2years
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    mattclary , May 27, 2010 1:14 PM
    I could be wrong, but, IMO, Intel and Microsoft both missed the bus here. Intel's chips are too power hungry, and Windows is not as tablet friendly as Android.
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    Hatecrime69 , May 27, 2010 2:00 PM
    mattclaryI could be wrong, but, IMO, Intel and Microsoft both missed the bus here. Intel's chips are too power hungry, and Windows is not as tablet friendly as Android.


    I agree, remember xp tablet edition anyone?
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    sublifer , May 27, 2010 2:02 PM
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    OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants.

    That's just sadly disappointing. I hope they get sued (again) for anti-competitive actions.
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    tokenz , May 27, 2010 2:10 PM
    mattclaryI could be wrong, but, IMO, Intel and Microsoft both missed the bus here. Intel's chips are too power hungry, and Windows is not as tablet friendly as Android.


    And they arent shipping a tablet already. Just think about all the customers apple is getting. And they are at least another year out
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    brianmoz , May 27, 2010 2:48 PM
    yeah mac won again
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    nforce4max , May 27, 2010 2:57 PM
    mattclaryI could be wrong, but, IMO, Intel and Microsoft both missed the bus here. Intel's chips are too power hungry, and Windows is not as tablet friendly as Android.



    I beg to differ, Windows based tablets aren't as bad as people think. They're often far more upgradable like any laptop which far beyond that of any iPad and cheaper in the long run. Then there is the hybrids which is very nice, use them like a laptop when one wants to type then they fold around and can be used as a slate. I don't see no fancy over inflated macbook doing that plus I can put any thing under the sun I want like linux. Yes there are linux tablets out there.
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    jojesa , May 27, 2010 2:57 PM
    "OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants."

    Intel and Microsoft "persuasion" = $$$$$$$$$$$
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    nforce4max , May 27, 2010 3:14 PM
    jojesa"OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants."Intel and Microsoft "persuasion" = $$$$$$$$$$$



    What you only want Apple in the market? $$$
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    falchard , May 27, 2010 3:44 PM
    Anything + Intel IGP = Fail.
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    Kelavarus , May 27, 2010 4:04 PM
    mattclaryI could be wrong, but, IMO, Intel and Microsoft both missed the bus here. Intel's chips are too power hungry, and Windows is not as tablet friendly as Android.


    Uh, that's why Intel is making NEW chips. They just said they realized they're too power hungry. Did you read the article? As for Windows, I found Windows XP for a tablet fine, and Windows 7 even better, personally. The advantage of Android would be better battery life I imagine, but not necessarily better overall.

    falchardAnything + Intel IGP = Fail.


    I don't believe Tablets are being aimed towards gaming...
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2010 4:04 PM

    INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL
    I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water. Intel have major CPU cooling problems - "Intel's microprocessors were generating so much heat that they were melting" (iht.com) - try to talk to them - they send my communications to my competitor & will not talk to me.

    Winners of major 'Corporate Social Responsibility' awardS!!!

    Huh!!!!

    When did RICO get repealed?"

    INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL!!!

    BTW, I have the evidence - my competitor gave it to me.

    BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if;
    • They can show that the actions were those of a single individual in the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:
    • They gain redress on my behalf.

    Although playing a major role in it's facilitation, the power of the internet appears to have come as much a surprise to Intel as it has to the catholic church.

    Inventors - help your fellow inventors - share your experiences with companies - good and bad.
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2010 4:34 PM
    "I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water"

    so..... you invented something so revolutionary and didn't patent it......
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2010 5:03 PM
    I just hoped Intel would finally port it's Windows system to ARM chips, then they'd have a super successor of Windows CE (or likes).
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    mattclary , May 27, 2010 5:36 PM
    KelavarusUh, that's why Intel is making NEW chips. They just said they realized they're too power hungry. Did you read the article? As for Windows, I found Windows XP for a tablet fine, and Windows 7 even better, personally. The advantage of Android would be better battery life I imagine, but not necessarily better overall.I don't believe Tablets are being aimed towards gaming...


    Yes, i read the article, and I try to keep up with the trends, and, from my understanding, ARM chips are becoming more potent while having TDW in the milliwatt range vs single digit watt range of Intel chips. While 1-2 watts is nice, it's not as nice as .5 watts.
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    mattclary , May 27, 2010 5:39 PM
    mattclaryYes, i read the article, and I try to keep up with the trends, and, from my understanding, ARM chips are becoming more potent while having TDW in the milliwatt range vs single digit watt range of Intel chips. While 1-2 watts is nice, it's not as nice as .5 watts.


    OK, looks like I was off by a lot, but relatively, the argument is the same. 11 watts v2 2 watts.

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/lenovo-skylight-netbook-arrives-with-snapdragon-arm-processor/
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    christop , May 27, 2010 9:47 PM
    I want asus to make a 10.1 or 12.1 inch tablet. My OLD 1000HAB worked great till my cat knocked it off my night stand
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 8:25 AM
    "I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water"

    'so..... you invented something so revolutionary and didn't patent it......'

    I didn't say I did and I didn't say I didn't. It's not relevant to the subject.

    You patent attorneys should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Ever heard of 'Patented by Smith & Wesson?'
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    kronos_cornelius , May 28, 2010 8:50 AM
    Personally, I am waiting for a flip-screen netbook with tegra-2 and Android.
    Basically an Asus t91 with the features mentioned.

    Intel should license the ARM patents and get into the market that way. It seem that ARM is licensed to any company that wants it. Microsoft big mistake has been to try to cram Windows OS into any device despite the fact that it was not originally design for it. I hope Intel does not make the same mistake. The other alternative is to build a new architecture from scratch to compete with the ARM arch.