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Intel and Microsoft Muscling Into Tablets This Year

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.

  • micky_lund
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    yeah mac won again
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  • nforce4max
    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
    "OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants."

    Intel and Microsoft "persuasion" = $$$$$$$$$$$
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  • nforce4max
    jojesa"OEMs are now shifting over to Intel and Microsoft powered devices after some "persuasion" from the two giants."Intel and Microsoft "persuasion" = $$$$$$$$$$$

    What you only want Apple in the market? $$$
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  • falchard
    Anything + Intel IGP = Fail.
    Reply