Intel is working with 10 undisclosed Chinese and global vendors todesign Windows 8 tablets using the company's chips, a seniorcompany executive said Wednesday. "You'll probably see many Intel-based tablets by the end of thisyear," Intel China chairman Sean Maloney said while speaking at theIntel Developer Forum in Beijing. [ Stay ahead of the key tech business news with InfoWorld's Today's Headlines: First Look newsletter . |
Read Bill Snyder's Tech's Bottom Line blog for what the key business trends mean to you. ] Maloney made his comments as Intel has been working to expand itschip business into smartphones and tablets.
The company's newestAtom processor, the Z2460 and also code-named "Medfield", is builtfor smartphones and tablets, and promises to give high computingperformance while also offering long battery life. The Medfield chip will be used in Chinese PC maker Lenovo's K800handset, the first smartphone to use an Intel processor. The K800will go on sale in China at the end of May, according to Lenovovice president Wayne Chen. Lenovo share of China's smartphone market last year was less than 5percent, according to research firm Canalys.
The K800 smartphone ispositioned at the "high end", Maloney said. Intel is also developing another mobile chip, code-named CloverTrail, which is designed for tablets and is scheduled to arrivethis year. The chip features a 1.8 GHz processor, according to aslide shown during Maloney's speech. Although Intel is best known as a PC chip producer, the company has big ambitions for the tablet and smartphone market, especially in China. "Ourstrategy in China now is to win with smartphones and tablets.
Weare making progress on it!" Maloney said during an online chat withInternet users earlier this week. Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE also plans to launch a smartphoneusing Intel chips during the second half of this year, according toMaloney. Intel is also developing two other Atom chips for smartphones. TheIntel Atom Z2580 will offer twice the performance of the Medfieldchip.
The Atom Z2000 has a 1.0 GHz processor and is positioned forthe lower end of the market.
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