Does your heart say "Yes, Yes
" when you see a Windows 8 Tablet, but your wallet says "Are you kidding?
" there is some good news on the way, courtesy of Intel. The silicon slinger is working on the next-gen Atom processor, a nifty little quad-core number code named "Bay Trail" which happens to double
the computing power of the current chip while allowing for all-day battery life in a thinner size. By re-designing the micro architecture of the Atom chip, Intel is bringing it closer to the capabilities of your PC powering "Intel Inside" chip.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini sees Windows 8 touch devices powered by the "Bay Trail" processor, including laptops and tablets, dropping as low as $200
. These devices could be ready by the third quarter, when the (heaven help us) chip will ship. It is all about getting a Windows 8 tablet, with its ability to run desktop applications, to the same price point where a ton of 7 inch Android tablets
reside. Currently, the low end of the Windows 8 tablet sector is priced at about $430.
"If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200."-Paul Otellini, Intel CEO
"Bay Trail is going to be a great product in that segment of the market and enable stunning performance relative to what the competition can bring."-Stacy Smith, Intel CFO
If you like the idea of taking your office anywhere, by this upcoming holiday season you should be able to make both your heart and wallet happy.