If there is one product range that Intel badly needs to go into that is the tablet market since their Atom processors don't seem to offer that much incentives to manufacturers in order to switch from the ARM based chips in use now, but Intel recently showcased, over at IDF, an Atom based tablet that offers wireless HD streaming thanks to WiDi.
Known also as WirelessHD, this technology uses a 7 GHz channel in the 60 GHz Extremely High Frequency radio band in order to deliver HD content over an wireless connection and is already in use by Intel and several consumer devices manufacturers.
But technology demo aside, I think Intel
is after some much bigger fish, since the company desperately needs to get into the tablet business where ARM based processors are the de facto standard.
This happens because tablets
are essentially basic computing devices, usually running simple operating systems such as Android that don't have high hardware requirements, battery life being a lot more important.
And this is where Intel is lacking, their Atom chips having much higher power requirements then Cortex A8 or A9 based processors.
Add to that the heat generated by this chips, extra cooling adding to the size and weight of the tablets built, and you see why the Atom can't compete with ARM based tablets right now.
But Intel is playing this smart, and knowing how they don't have an architecture with such a low power consumption is trying to focus on the extra capabilities its processors offer, WirelessHD
being one of those.
If this will raise the manufacturers interest in Atom based tablets it still remains to be seen, but it certainly is a step in the right direction. (via engadget
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