Intel's best shot at tablets hasn't arrived yet
With its Bay Trail processor, Intel may give ARM chip rivals something to worry about. But Bay Trail won't arrive in products until late this year at the earliest.
Intel won't have its best shot at mobile salvation until late this year. Let's hope that's not too late.
And all are billed as running "all your favorite Windows applications."
The problem is that Atom still isn't up to the task, as other reviewers have pointed out.and many
In short, it's Netbook deja vu all over again. Atom-based Netbooks were never good at Windows 7 multitasking but very good at constantly reminding you that the silicon was slow. (I know; I had one of the "faster" dual-core HP Netbooks.)
So, will Intel be able to get beyond the Netbook? Bay Trail, Intel's first mobile chip to tap its 3D transistor tech, just might get the company there.
Bay Trail is a faster out-of-order design, just like Intel's mainstream Core processors, and uses a fast Intel graphics chip, also like its mainstream cousins.
In other words, this is a very different creature from the Atom chip that's been around since 2008.
And Bay Trail will integrate 4 processing cores, a first for an Intel chip that's designed for tablets.
Maybe most importantly, it will (according to leaked slides) be just as battery friendly as the current Atom.
So, it has a lot going for it on paper. One thing that can't be divined, however, is whether Bay Trail will finally put the Netbook behind us.
Or whether Android tablets with Bay Trail will prove that Intel's x86 architecture is inherently faster than the newest ARM chips from Nvidia and Qualcomm.
Whatever happens, Bay Trail looks like Intel's best chance for mobile salvation, and it can't arrive too soon.