Intel sets Windows 8 tablet event with HP, Samsung, others

Chip giant will host a coming-out party for Windows 8 tablets using its latest system-on-a-chip.

Hewlett-Packard's Envy x2 'convertible' laptop uses Intel's new dual-core Clover Trail chip.
Hewlett-Packard's Envy x2 'convertible' laptop uses Intel's new dual-core Clover Trail chip. Hewlett-Packard

Intel is going to kick off the season of the Windows 8 tablet by hosting an event next week attended by virtually all of the major PC players.

The September 27 event will highlight products using Intel's "Clover Trail" Z2760 (PDF) power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor.

"A media event to showcase the latest Intel-based tablet and tablet convertibles, and announce details about the next generation Intel Atom processor (formerly code-named 'Clover Trail')," Intel said in a note sent out to journalists.

Intel's Erik Reid, general manager of Application Processor Platforms in the Mobile and Communications Group, will host the event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Joining him will be executives from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and ZTE, according to Intel. Those companies will showcase new devices.

Tablets and convertibles using the new Intel chip will come with the full version of Windows 8, which can run virtually anything a Windows 7 laptop can. This differs from tablets based on Windows RT: those devices cannot run so-called "legacy" Windows software.

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