Intel is due to take the wraps of its Bay Trail Atom processor next week. The chip aims to bridge the ever-narrowing gap between PCs and tablets, but the headline news is that it supports both Windows and Android. That means you can expect to see a slew of dual-boot devices able to switch quickly between the two operating systems.
Bay Trail uses 22nm technology. It promises the same low power consumption and long battery life that Intel delivered in the earlier Clover Trail processor, while doubling the performance.
From a user point of view the main story is that Intel’s new chip is likely to bring about a fresh wave of mobile devices with lower price points. Some US analysts expect to see tablets using the chips go on sale for as little as US$150.
The big danger Intel faces launching the new processor is that it will cannibalise the company’s Core range of processors used in traditional PCs. Maybe it will. In truth Intel has little option, the PC market is in a tail spin and Bay Trail offers a route out of a declining market. Bay Trail gives Intel a better chance of succeeding in the fast-growing mobile device sector.
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