Intel: Lenovo Android phone now, Windows 8 tablet later
Intel is demonstrating a Windows 8 tablet at CES that uses its future Clover Trail Atom processor--which will be Intel's platform for Windows 8 tablets.
LAS VEGAS--Don't think Lenovo Android phones are the end-game for Intel. The chipmaker is already showing off its next-generation tablet technology for Windows 8 at CES.
That chip distinguishes itself from the Medfield chip--which is inside Lenovo's and Motorola's upcoming smartphones--by adding another processing core (Medfield is single core) and improving the graphics engine.
Clover Trail will, of course, also power future Android tablets--which Intel is demoing running Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the CES show floor--but Windows 8 tablets on Intel have special importance.
Intel is betting that(WoA) will be late and buggy. Which is not completely improble considering that a mainstream Windows operating system has not run on an ARM chip before. ARM chips suppliers include Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia.
Note that the Intel Clover Trail demo unit was encased in glass and Intel was not doing a live demonstration.