Windows 8 tablets will be here in November
Intel has planned to flood the market with the new Windows 8 tablets in November as told to CNET by ‘sources familiar with device makers’.
According to the source they have a very high expectation with a new OS. The new OS needs to run four to five architectures – three ARM, Intel and AMD. It is also expected that more than 50 percent of the designs will be hybrids that is convertibles with traditional physical keyboard-based laptop and tablet.
Intel is expected to use upcoming “Clover Trail” Atom chip. It is Intel’s first dual-core Atom design based on its 32-nanometer process technology.
It has a long battery backup of 9+ hours. Along with this, we expect it to support mobile network technology offering 3G and 4G capacity. This tablet gives a 30 days standby. It weighs less than 1.5 lbs (0.68kg) and is less than 9mm thin. It has a number of added features like burst mode and hyper threading in gaming. Windows 8 also introduces Near Field Communications (NFC) on these laptops. Intel has one of the best security and manageability. It also has Intel Wireless Display, Intel Learning series, Advanced Imaging, Intel Insider Compute Continuum, Wi-Fi Direct and many other such features.
In Windows 8 the older applications called legacy applications will run and it will be powered by chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Microsoft will deliver Windows RT which will have ARM chip, suppliers Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Ironically Windows RT will not allow to run legacy applications.
The Clover Trail Atom chip will be followed with a chip called “Bay Trail” 22-nanometer but that is still in the development stage. The Bay Trail will have a lot of security features and Infineon [3G/4G] along with the same battery life as that of Clover Trail. The release of this chip is still undecided.