Intel Atom processors to power Windows 8 tablets, list of OEMs announced

Windows 8 Tablets

On announcing the arrival of the fourth generation Core processor lineup for 2013, the Santa Clara-based chip maker also unveiled its Clover Trail platform and it has now revealed a list of OEMs that will adopt the new Intel Atom architecture within their devices. The upcoming portfolio based on this processor will comprise of tablets and convertible running specifically on the Windows 8 platform.

The new Intel SOC is designed to work with the Windows 8 platform and it’s crafted for mobility. That being said, these tablets can be built with a slim and lightweight form factor. And according to the company, manufacturers should be able to achieve a thickness of just about 8.5mm and an overall weight of around 1.5 pounds.

“This is just the beginning of Intel’s effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life,” commented Erik Reid, general manager, Application Processor Platforms for Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside, they’re getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works.”

The Z2760 is basically based on the 32nm process technology with second-generation high-k metal gate transistors. It incorporates a dual-core four-thread design along with support for up to 2GB of LPDDR2 memory and Graphics Media Accelerator which provides a core frequency of 533MHz and 1080p video support. Apart from connectivity features such as NFC, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE, tablets running on this platform will be able to deliver approximately 10 hours of HD video playback or over 3 weeks of standby.

OEMs partnered with Intel to deliver tablets based on the Atom Z2760 architecture with the Windows 8 platform pre-loaded include Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and ZTE. These tablets will be available later this year, probably after Windows RT slates make their debut.