Intel is starting to fight back with ARM dominating the Tablet processor market, beginning production of their tablet-specific Oak Trail processor. The Oak Trail, otherwise known as the SM35 chipset , will be running alongside a Z670, within the Atom Z600 series.
And Intel hopes it’ll do for tablets what its Centrino platform did for notebooks. Unfortunately for the firm, there’s already a bit of competition kicking about in the tablet space, and not everyone is as willing to take a backhander as its old chum Dell.
With Oak Trail, Intel will be targeting the lower end of the tablet market. The combined cost of their Atom Z600 and MeeGo OS would be a mere $25. The lower-consumption processor would also mean a smaller and less expensive battery. This would allow manufacturers to introduce a lower-cost segment of tablets. The Oak Trail could also be paired with Windows 7, but it would obviously be more expensive than their proprietary OS.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is confident that Intel will rise to the tablet challenge. He also told his employees last month that the road to success would be a marathon. Oak Trail may be the first leg of that marathon, as Intel gains recognition as a viable tablet chip maker. They have also recently unveiled their dual-core Atom processor, showing speeds of 1.6 to 1.83GHz. When they learn to bring that kind of performance into a smaller, more efficient form, ARM won’t be so dismissive of their competition.