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Latest generation of Intel Atom to launch by end of March

Intel proves ARM-based processors aren’t the only option for tablets

Netbooknews has reportedly confirmed that the latest line of Atom processors from Intel, codenamed Oak Trail, will begin shipping for portable devices starting March 30th. The first batch of Oak Trails will be the 1.5GHz Z760, which will be able to run Windows as well as MeeGo OS. Additionally, the single-core CPU is expected to draw only 3W thermal design power (TDP) and can run without a fan as a result. This should directly boost battery life and reduce heat output in future tablets and smartphones.

A few upcoming tablets are ready to put the new Atom to work, including the Samsung Slide 7, Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 and Lenovo IdeaPad Slate, all of which were demonstrated at CES 2011.

Currently, the Intel Atom line competes against the more popular ARM-based processors, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Nvidia’s Tegra. The AMD Fusion APU is also beginning to bud its way into tablets, such as the upcoming MSI WindPad 110W. The new Oak Trail processors will have to impress if Intel wants to steal the show from the growing competition.

Always up to date information on the new processor including benchmarks (as soon as reviewed) can be found on the Intel Atom Z760 benchmark page.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)