Intel Medfield and Clover Trail ready to welcome Windows 8 tablets
Intel is the single most dominating force in the desktop and laptop market, but as far as that of tablets and smartphones are concerned, the Santa Clara chip giant has been facing very tough resistance from brands with ARM-based processors. Some of them are Qualcomm, ARM, Samsung and Apple. Oaktrail is just not penetrating enough.
But there may not be long before Intel’s plan of getting into this market might seem much more practical than it has been till now. Intel’s next iteration of chips should be called Medfield which is expected to be followed by Clover trail. It will be the first system-on-a-chip for tablets and smartphones. Both will be based on the 32nm architecture. There are two more chips expected in 2013 and 2014 but we have some time before that.
Both Medfield and Clover trail will be targeted at tablets, but can be used in hybrids as well. While Medfield is a single core chip, the Clover trail will come with two cores. Now a single core chip in 2012 might sound like a pretty outdated configuration, but Clover trail sounds interesting - specifically its expected release time-frame, which Netbooknews says might coincide with the release of Windows 8. For those who don’t know, Windows 8 is Microsoft’s answer to a tablet-specific touch-optimized operating system.
Medfield will arrive in early 2012, followed by Clover trail in the later that same year.