Intel actually has a Clover Trail-powered tablet on display at CES
Well, it exists, and was even powering a prototype tablet at Intel's CES booth, enclosed in a glass box. The 32nm Clover Trail is supposed to bring down battery consumption to ARM level, offering what Intel claims will be comparable performance, although it didn't specify whether it means the current Cortex-A9 dual-core chips, or the upcoming Cortex-A15 monstrosities.
The reference Clover Trail tablet has a 10-pin connector, HDMI and USB ports, microSD slot, and even a place for a SIM card module to hook it up to carrier networks. Intel plans to have it ready for battle when Windows 8 ships later this year, in direct competition with ARM-based tablets. Acer and Lenovo are rumored to be in the first wave of Clover Trail Win 8 tablets.
1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if its going to compete in the Win8 crowd, i would assume its going to be going after the A15's over the A9's. The only advantage intel will have over ARM at this moment is going to be x86 compatibility with windows apps in "windows 7 compatibility mode". That kind of horsepower is going to need something closer to A15 than A9.
3. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
intel's advantage is larger than you think. intel atom though it is single core at the moment has proven to be more powerful than dual a9s and is very close to dual a15s and quad a9s. clover trail adopts a more powerful gpu, the sgx544mp2(or mp4)@500 mhz(leaked document from another website)
2. jove39 (Posts: 1500; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Intel's Atom Z2460 (Medfield based) is a single core unit...and its been proven better than ARM A9 based chips in whatever benchmarks have been performed till now (goto anandtech). With Clover Trail based chips being designed for tablets...expect them to come with multiple cores and bring along all benefits of hyper threading...so Intel has got themselves covered for 2012...to take care of A15 based chips :)