Naina KhedekarSep 11, 2013 16:28:09 IST
Intel is working on a new chip that targets tablets priced as low as $100. Slates that will run on this new chip will be Android-based, the chip giant told media at the Intel Developers Forum.
According to CEO Brian Krzanich, the 14nm Intel Atom chips will be available by the end of next year and the tablets sporting them would be priced in the sub-$100 category, where currently there's no Intel presence. Though Intel's chips run Windows and Android-based devices, the cheaper range is expected solely for Android, which powers a slew of low-cost tablets in the market . We have seen Intel Atom based tablets from HP, Asus and Acer earlier, but none of them fall in the sub-$100 price range.
Intel working on chip to power $100 Android tablets
The report also reveals that the future Atom (the launch date not yet known) is different than the Bay Trail tablet processors that the company is detailing this week at its annual chip conference. Bay Trail processors are said to be equipped with devices with higher price tags such as the Toshiba Encore priced at $329. It is also said to be capable of running more than Android and will power Windows 8.1 devices as well.
Intel also revealed its new line of ultra-small and ultra-low-power microchips for wearable devices such as smartwatches and bracelets. This new line is reportedly called Intel Quark. It is expected to ship next year and could include an ingestible version aimed at biomedical uses. The Quark chips are said to be five times smaller and 10 times more power efficient than Intel's Atom chips for tablets and smartphones.
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