May 18, 2011

Intel Unveils Plans For Tablet Computers

Intel unveiled plans on Wednesday to introduce over 10 tablet computers that will run on its own chips.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the company said it plans to showcase the new tablets along with its PC manufacturing partners at the Computex computer trade show, which opens on May 31 in Taiwan.

Intel's move came a day after it announced what it called a third major shift in its chip development strategy, which moves the company more aggressively to cut power consumption to target smartphone and tablet computers.

Intel was launching a new set of chips designed for tablet-style devices as it seeks to catch up with ARM Holdings, whose chips are used by a number of companies including Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments.

Analysts said Intel faces an uphill struggle as it comes in late to the game with a lack of strong partnerships and applications designed for Android or other tablet operating systems.

Intel's general manager for Asia-Pacific, Navin Shenoy, said over 35 of Intel's chip-based tablet models were on track to be shipped through the year.

Shenoy said the company does not expect any impact from the Japanese earthquake in March on demand for PCs in the second quarter, and the disaster had no impact on the company's supply chain.


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