Intel making efforts to catch up on ARM in tablet market

Intel making efforts to catch up on ARM in tablet marketIntel is making hard efforts to catch up on ARM Holdings in the tablet market. Intel recently announced that it would speed up the release of its Atom chips for tablets, which would break the long wait cycle to upgrade the low-power processors, and help the company catch on ARM, which currently dominates the tablet market.

In 2013, Intel will roll out an Atom chip, specifically designed for tablets, which would put Intel’s processors on par with those of ARM in power and performance.

Earlier this week, Intel, which is comparatively new to the tablet market, launched its first true Atom tablet chip, called Oak Trail. Announcing the Oak Trail chip at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing Intel said that the chip would be seen in as many as 35 mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones form next month.

In addition, Intel previewed its future Atom chips, such as Cloverview, which will be built using a 32nm manufacturing process.

Jack Gold, principal analyst of J. Gold Associates, said, "Once Intel gets to 32-nm, and then advances to 22-nm, we expect them to be as energy efficient and effective as ARM.”

Intel’s rival ARM is supplying chips for many of the most popular tablets and mobile phones. Apple's most recent A5 tablet chip, which powers the iPad 2, features an ARM processor. RIM and Motorola also are equipping their respective tablets with ARM processors. Computer giant HP's future TouchPad tablet will also reportedly run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor that is based on the ARM architecture.


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