Samsung prepping a tablet/convertible with Intel's new power-sipping Bay Trail processor
Samsung is apparently prepping a new tablet/convertible gear with Intel's power-sipping Bay Trail architecture that will be hitting devices in time for the holiday shopping craze.
Bay Trail is the Atom child in the new Silvermont line of Intel, done with the frugal 22nm process, and should be three times more powerful than the current Atom that powers tablets like the Acer Iconia W510, while having up to five times less power consumption. The leaked identifier also shows that the product consists of at least the system, plus keyboard and screen, which indicates it might be a convertible of sorts, rather than a standalone tablet.
There's not much other info on what the potential tablet/hybrid computer from Samsung might look like, or the rest of the specs, but we have the feeling that this Intel architecture will be the first true answer to ARM's power grab in mobile the recent years. As long as ARM stays still, that is.
The article did not reference the OS but the page had an image of Win8. I missed the RT implication. thanks.
IMO, the boundary war is at the tablet interface between ARM and Intel devices and that is where Intel is focused first. They probably want a firewall between ARM and their PC market. Samsung will be able to run Win8 and all the Android (Linux) variants on the chip. Samsung will have corporate efficiencies they can employ because of their established Intel64 infrastructure. i.e. Samsung has a large staff and investment they can reuse for building Intel products. That makes the development and support task cheaper for them.
Their PC, tablet and phone divisions most likely have the independence to use the best solution for them. They can be overruled but the divisions can chose Intel or Samsung ARM or QCOM ARM or ..... They get to build the product that is best for that division.