Intel plans new tablet processors for 2014
The future belongs to portable devices and tablets' popularity has been growing steadily for the past few years so it is no surprise that Intel plans to introduce quite a few platforms aimed at tablets during 2014. The chip maker still has to confirm most of the information about these upcoming launches but the sources of these recent leaks have been reliable in the past.
According to sources within Taiwan's tablet supply chain quoted by DigiTimes, Intel's Bay Trail-T with Android support will arrive at the end of this year, with these expected to follow in 2014:
- Entry-level Bay Trail Z3735D series with Android support for use in 7-inch and 8-inch slates with prices between $99 and $199, during the first quarter.
- 14 nm Airmont-based Cherry Trail platform with support for 32- and 64-bit Android and Windows 8, in September.
- Willow Trail platform based on 14 nm Goldmont arhitecture, during the last quarter, also with support for both Windows and Android.
In addition to the above, it seems Intel's Bay Trail and Cherry Trail platforms will also target tablets between 8 and 10 inches in size with prices from $199 to well above $250. Android tablets will also use Intel's 22 nm Merrifield and Moorefield mobile platforms, which are both designed for use in smartphones and should arrive in first and third quarter, respectively.