Intel has been all too keen to stamp their authority on the newest computing segment comprised of tablet PCs, though it’s not a secret things haven’t unfolded in a manner that can be considered befitting their stature. Yet things seem to be getting sorted out at Intel, so that we might get to see Intel stamped tablets soon being mass produced like desktop or laptop PCs.
This isn’t just based on the already announced new low power 1.5 GHz Atom Z670 Oak Trail chips that are just starting to hit the streets. Intel is already hard at work on their next generation tablet chip, which according to early reports will be called the Atom Z2700 and it will most likely have a 32nm core. Also, the new chip will be based on the company’s upcoming Cloverview platform.
What’s more, the new chip is also likely to come with a lower price tag than the Atom Z670 chip, though it will still be a low power alternative to the Atom processors that are found in desktop and laptop computers. After all, at Intel, ‘Z’ is indicative of low power. The Z2700 is likely to be priced at $52 once it’s ready, which is a lot cheaper than the Atom Z670 that is priced at $75 or the Atom Z650 that costs $64.
The Z2700 is scheduled to launch toward the end of this year or early next year, which means until then, Intel will likely continue pushing their Oak Trail platform for the next half year or so.