The decline of desktop computer sales is putting a dent in the bottom line of Intel (News - Alert), so much so it is actively pushing the sales of new generation tablets and laptops based on the Atom Z2760 processor. The competition for this market is driven by the Apple computer and its iPad tablets and laptops, which are out selling their competitions by a large margin.
Apple uses ARM (News - Alert) processors which are designed to consume less power which is one the drawbacks of Intel processors in the past. The new tablets will be available from: Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fukitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Samsung and ZTE (News - Alert).
The tablet and smartphone device market has quickly taken over other personal computer products. Even laptops are experiencing a dramatic decline and it can be attributed to the processing power of the new generation phones and tablets. New smartphones have the same processing power of desktops of a decade ago with convenience of true portability that makes laptops seem like an inconvenience.
The Z2760 is designed for slim profile products as thin as 8.5 mm and weighing as light as 1.5 pounds. The convenience of the size and weight is highlighted by the durability of the battery life. It can provide up to three weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of High Definition video playback on local drive. The processor is capable of Intel Burst and Hyper-threading technology giving the user multitasking capability between different applications simultaneously.
The tablets Intel showed were powered by the new processor and a new operating system by Microsoft (News - Alert) that is receiving positive feedback. The availability of these devices is timed to coincide with the release of Windows 8 on October 26 and prices have not been announced from any of the vendors.
"This is just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life. When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside, they're getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works," said Erik Reid, general manager, Application Processor Platforms for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group.
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