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Intel teases advanced 'Bay Trail' Atom processor for tablets

by David Needle

January 7 2013

Intel's Kirk Skaugen shows off an ultrathin Ultrabook at CES. (Photo: David Needle)
Intel's Kirk Skaugen shows off an ultrathin Ultrabook at CES. (Photo: David Needle)

Intel is moving aggressively to advance its mobile chip line, as evidenced by announcements made at CES today.

In addition to new chips and design wins for Utlrabook convertible notebooks, Intel gave a quick sneak peak at a new chip designed to power a new generation of tablets. 

“Bay Trail” is Intel’s codename for its next generation of Atom processor based on chip giant’s 22 nanometer manufacturing technology.

Kirk Skaugen, VP and GM of Intel’s PC Client Group, said the quad-core Bay Trail will have more than twice the performance of the current generation of Atom mobile processors with longer battery life and a range of connectivity options. 

But Bay Trail is still in development and Skaugen said the first tablets based on the design won’t be available untill this fall in time for the holiday shopping season. He also said to expect both Windows 8 and Android-based tablets. 

Without getting into specifics, Intel said Bay Trail will include new and improved integrated security. "These improvements will enable new experiences for business and personal use in devices as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby, all at lower prices," Intel said in a statement.

On the Ultrabook front, Intel says touchscreens will be mandated as a standard feature of the next generation of Ultrabooks with detachable tablet screens a ready option as well. intel's "North Cape" reference design includes the detachagle feature that's already being used by manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo in touchscreen convertible notebooks with detachable tablet displays. 

Skaugen said Intel's new 4th generation Core processors are the first built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind.

"We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls," he said.

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