Intel actually has a Clover Trail-powered tablet on display at CES

Intel actually has a Clover Trail-powered tablet on display at CES
While Clover Trail, the mobile chipset from Intel that is supposed to take over from the stopgap Medfield Intel flaunted a phone and a tablet with yesterday, has been mentioned to be the real competition for ARM-based silicon, we haven't seen anything with it yet.

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.

source: TheVerge



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Nov 19, 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: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 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 Intel has got themselves covered for take care of A15 based chips :)

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