Intel Oak Trail Atom Chips Gear Up for Early 2011 Launch

November 2, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Intel has announced its plan to launch an improved chip platform code named Oak Trail, which is more energy efficient and is expected to be ready for shipping by early 2011.

Recent surveys points to the fact that, despite the dominance in the PC domain, Intel is lagging behind its rivals in the rapidly growing tablet and smartphone sector. The Oak Trail launch is part of an attempt from Intel to make their presence felt in the growing sector. However, Oak Trail is heard to be a replacement for the present Z-series chipset used in several devices like VAIO P.

Tablets need more energy efficient processors to work long time with charged power sources like shells. Presently ARM Holdings and other players are more dominant in manufacturing such processors.

The new product, according to Intel officials, is capable of setting tough competition to the other energy efficient chipsets made by the market rivals. It is expected to be more efficient than Intel’s own N-series processors also.

Oak Trail allows users to browse or watch video for up to 12 hours without recharging the batteries. This makes Oak Trial a perfect fit in the tablet chip market.

The company has not yet given out detailed specs or pricing information for its upcoming product. More details are expected to emerge soon. So stay tuned.

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