Intel confirms ten partners for Windows 8 tablets, issues own spec guidance

by Doug Drinkwater

April 13 2012

Intel has also issued a set of Windows 8 tablet specs
Intel has also issued a set of Windows 8 tablet specs

Chip giant Intel has revealed that it is working with ten vendors in order to release Windows 8 tablets by the end of the year. The chipmaker is also reported to have issued its own set of Windows 8 tablet specifications.

Announcing the news at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China, Intel China chairman Sean Maloney revealed that at least ten local and global vendors are working with the chipmaker to push out Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets by the end of the year.

And according to CNET, Intel also pushed out its own set of Windows 8 tablet requirements at the conference, with the group detailing that Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets should feature an dual-core Atom Z2760 Clover Trail chip, which will be capable of a ‘burst-mode’ for quick performance when needed, and ‘Hyper-Threading’. Intel's Hyper-Threading allows multiple threads to run on each core, enabling demanding applications to be run simultaneously.

The firm reportedly added that the tablets should have a standalone 10-inch or hybrid 11-inch display with a physical keyboard, said that the slates must offer a battery life greater than nine hours, 3G/4G connectivity, weigh less than 1.5 pounds and have a thickness of less than 9mm. Interestingly, the chipmaker noted that near field communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity should also be provided.

Microsoft took the covers of the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February, and is expected to officially release the new operating system – which sits across desktop and tablets – in the second half of 2012. Market researchers recently told TabTimes that Microsoft may launch the new OS with a special event in London, England.

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