Intel launched its "Oak Trail" Atom processors today, designed for use in mobile tablets, convertible notebooks, and fanless environments that run Windows, Android, Chrome OS, or Meego.
Intel's Oak Trail Atom chipset (Z670) is expected to make its first appearance next month, and continue to appear throughout 2011. Companies such as Asus, Samsung, Evolve III, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer, and Viliv have all announced products based on the platform.
The availability of Oak Trail-based tablets should be especially significant to those industry watchers acutely aware of Microsoft's presence (or lack thereof) in the consumer tablet space.
Some of the hallmarks of the Z670 chipset are its small size (60% smaller than previous generation netbook processors,) a Thermal Design Power of 3 Watts, "Deeper Sleep" for increased power consumption when sleeping, "Speed Step" for matching performance to demand, Integrated graphics with support for 1080p HD video playback.
The SM35 chipset used with these processors uses a 45nm process, supports SATA interface, up to 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, SDIO and eMMC support, and Intel "High Definition Audio."