Windows 8 tablets might be a lot about ARM arriving on Microsoft’s platform, but Intel’s Atom processors would still be hugely important for the launch. How huge? Let’s only mention that over 20 tablet designs
with Clover Trail Atom chips are in the works.
Intel’s Paul Otellini spoke at the conference call after the chip maker announced $2.8 billion in profits and $13.5 billion in revenue for the past quarter. Interestingly, Intel says its revenue is up on growing interest for ultrabooks and... smartphones. The former is no surprise - what’s surprising is that Intel only has a couple of chips on smartphones right now, and having this reflected in the Q2 results could mean the company’s chips are catching some momentum in mobile.
But probably most importantly, Intel is betting on Windows 8 tablets. Here’s what Otellini had to say about upcoming Intel tablets:
“Ultrabooks continue to build momentum, and achieved our volume goals in the first half. We are very pleased with the level of innovation and invention being brought into this category, and are now tracking over 140 Ivy Bridge-based designs in the pipeline. Of those, more than 40 will be touch-enabled, and a dozen will be convertibles. With visibility into this many designs, we are confident that we'll see $699 systems at retail this fall. We are also tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SOC, in addition to a number of Core-based tablets.”
Not bad for a start for Windows 8, is it?
source: Venture Beat