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Intel: More than 20 Atom-powered Windows 8 tablets are in development

by Doug Drinkwater

July 18 2012

Intel president Paul Otellini says the firm is also 'tracking' 140 Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks
Intel president Paul Otellini says the firm is also 'tracking' 140 Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks

Chip maker Intel‘s belated move into the mobile space appears to be paying off, with CEO Paul Otellini saying that there are now over 20 Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets in development, as well as 140 Ultrabooks.

“We are tracking more than 20 Windows 8 designs based on our low-power and low-cost Cover Trail Atom SoC (system on chip), in addition to a number of Core-based tablets”, said Otellini, who was speaking during an investor call earlier on in the week. Tech blog Know Your Mobile was the first to report the news.

Otellini also championed the Intel-backed Ultrabook form factor, while also suggesting that some brands are already developing hybrid devices that borrow designs from both tablets and Ultrabooks.

“’We are very pleased with the level of innovation and invention being brought into this category, and are now tracking over 140 Ivy Bridge-based designs in the pipeline. Of those, more than 40 will be touch-enabled, and a dozen will be convertibles,’ he said.

Prominent market researchers Gartner and IDC said last week that tablets and anticipation over Windows 8 (which will run on Intel and ARM-powered tablets) caused PC sales to stutter in the second quarter, although both have said that Ultrabooks could spark PC growth in the future.

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