In the height of the netbook craze, it seemed Nvidia’s Tegra chipset couldn’t catch a break. Compared to the ubiquitous Atom processor, Tegra was in only a small percentage of devices. Fast forward a year or so and things have changed completely. We saw numerous Tegra 2 devices at CES, tablets and smartphones alike, and it seems there’s a new one launched every week.
However, despite the fact that many companies are embracing Tegra 2 when it comes to tablets, Oak Trail has ensured Atom won’t disappear anytime soon. Asus has just confirmed that though it has already got several Tegra 2 tablets planned (the EeePad Transformer and EeePad Slider were both confirmed at CES), it’s also working on an Oak Trail tablet.
Details about the upcoming device are scant. Over the weekend, Liliputing noticed that Intel’s Oak Trail press page contained a picture of the Tegra 2-based EeePad Slider (pictured right). This led to speculation that Asus had changed its mind and was instead going to go with an Intel chipset for Slider. Asus quickly dispelled rumors, confirming it was working on an Oak Trail platform but that it wasn’t the EeePad Slider, and Intel removed the image from the Oak Trail gallery. It’s likely this new Intel-based device will also run Windows, as Asus already has Android covered with the the Transformer and Slider (both run Honeycomb). We’ll keep you posted on this one.