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Intel enters the tablet fray

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Intel has entered the tablet computing market with today’s launch of the Intel Atom platform.

Formerly codenamed Oak Trail, the platform is available now and will be in devices from May. A number of vendors, including Fujitsu and Lenovo, have announced tablet and hybrid designs based on the processor family.
Intel will also seeom give a preview of its next-generation 32nm Intel Atom platform, currently codenamed Cedar Trail. This products will help to enable a new wave of fanless, cool and quiet netbooks, entry-level desktops and all-in-one designs.
“The new Intel Atom Oak Trail platform, with‘Cedar Trail to follow, are examples of our continued commitment to bring amazing personal and mobile experiences to netbook and tablet devices, delivering architectural enhancements for longer battery life and greater performance,” says Doug Davis, vice-president and GM of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel. “We are accelerating the Intel Atom product line to now move faster than Moore’s law, bringing new products to market on three process technologies in the next three years.”
The new Intel Atom processor Z670, part of the Oak Trai” platform, delivers improved video playback, fast Internet browsing and longer battery life, without sacrificing performance. The rich media experience available with Oak Trail includes support for 1080p video decode, as well as HDMI. The platform also supports Adobe Flash, enabling rich content and Flash-based gaming.
With significant improvements in power-efficient performance, the Intel Atom processor Z670 allows applications to run on various operating systems, including Google Android, MeeGo and Windows. This flexibility delivers both new experiences and more choice when it comes to tablets and hybrid designs that combine the best features of the netbook and tablet together.
The platform also helps deliver smaller, thinner and more efficient devices by packing integrated graphics and the memory controller directly onto the processor die. The processor is 60% smaller than previous generations with a lower-power design for fanless devices as well as up to all-day battery life.
Additional features include Intel Enhanced Deeper Sleep that saves more power during periods of inactivity as well as optimised Intel SpeedStep technology. An integrated HD decode engine enables smooth 1080p HD video playback at a fraction of the power consumption.
In addition, Intel Atom Z670 processors come with the Intel® SM35 Express Chipset, delivering a lead-free, halogen-free3design with high-speed USB 2.0 for greater performance and Intel High-Definition Audio to enable premium home theater sound.