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Intel takes on ARM in low-cost Android tablet market

Agam Shah | Feb. 28, 2013
One of the first low-cost Android tablets with an Intel x86 processor was announced at Mobile World Congress, setting the stage for a long battle between the world's largest chip maker and ARM, whose processors go into most tablets today.

The Bay Trail chips will be based on an entirely new microarchitecture and are designed to be faster and more power efficient than their predecessors, according to Intel. The chip will be made on the 22-nanometer manufacturing process, and the 3D transistors will partly improve power and performance on the chips. Intel currently makes laptop and desktop chips code-named Ivy Bridge using the 22-nm process.

Eul could not say how Bay Trail tablets would be priced, and that device makers would define that. But the tablet markets develop very fast, and a year can change the scene, Eul said, adding that a range of form factors and OSes are redefining the space.

"How could we dare make a bet on what is going to be a winner two years from now? What is important is if you take the right steps, whatever pans out, we will still be in the game," Eul said.

 

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