Intel Flashes Tablet Concept; Plenty More Coming

(Image credit: Intel, Cnet)

Although it seems like Apple is getting a sizeable lead in the tablet segment for mass market consumers with the iPad, Intel isn't sitting this one out.

At an investor meeting yesterday, Intel VP Mooly Eden said, "People ask me, are you serious about trying to participate in the tablet market? The answer is yes...The message is stay tuned for Computex."

Intel recently announced its Moorestown platform for Atom, which should put the new chip in more devices with smaller power envelopes. Intel touts its Atom as being a more powerful solution that will better deliver what people want – multitasking.

"(People) want it to multitask. So, we deliver dual-core to be able to do several things in parallel," he said, quoted by Cnet. "We believe performance is relevant even in this category (because of the need to multitask)," he added.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • house70
    Waiting for some articles regarding specs and such. You know, kinda like the iPad got when it came out. Would only be fair.
  • vaughn2k
    Now more competition! Another reason for Steve knitting his brow...
  • gilbertfh
    I know there are pros and cons to having a full operating system but I really hope they don't gimp this batch of products with a phone type OS like Apple did.
  • falchard
    Its on, the VIA, AMD, Intel fight that has been raging for decades. VIA with its soft hitter that can stay on for hours. Intel with its 1-2 punch and can almost go the limit. And AMD with the fastest chip in this segment who is gasping for air soon after starting. Who will be victorious?
    My money is on AMD because they have a better video procesor. Lets be honest who is going to buy one of these for reading and editing text? You can game with an AMD chipset.
  • back_by_demand
    At the very least, allow buyers the opportunity to install whatever OS they want the same way PCs do.
    If I buy a ready made PC with Windows from HP I can happily install Linux, older versions of Windows or even (thanks to Psystar) put OSX on it.
    Same applies to tablets, by all means supply it with WebOS, Android, whatever - so long as I can attach it to an external optical drive or a PC and install a new one.
  • dman3k
    it seems like Apple is getting a sizeable lead in the tablet segment for mass market consumers with the iPad
    An obvious marketing misinformation from Tom's. The last time I checked, Lenovo and HP lead the tablet industry.
  • back_by_demand
    for mass market consumers
    Read : "for thick people"
  • digiex
    What is that he's holding? tablet? or a mouse pad...
  • tntom
    "what people want – multitasking." A lot of emphasis on Multitasking an area Apple cannot compete with as effectively with ARM.
  • cobra_comm@nder
    It continues to amaze me how people are expecting these tablets to be something they're not. They are not meant to be power computing devices, run high-end graphics, etc... They are for media consumption. That's it. Plus, they're meant to bring it to people who haven't a clue how any technology works which is about 99% of the world.