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Intel unveils tablet processor

Intel Arom Z670 Oak Trail to power tablet devices

Intel unveils tablet processor
Intel's new Atom processor is aimed at tablet devices and other ultraportables.

Intel has launched its new tablet-oriented processor, the Atom Z670.

The chip, formerly known by the code name Oak Trail, is Intel's bid for gaining share in the tablet sector, where the company has not previously had as much exposure as rivals ARM.

The Z670 has integrated graphics and memory controller built into the processor die, and is 60% smaller than previous generations. Intel says the processor will offer improved video playback, faster web browsing and improved battery life.

The processor will support 1080p video decoding, HDMI and Adobe Flash. It will be compatible with a range of operating systems, including Google Android, MeeGo and Windows. Devices using the new processor will come available from next month.

"The new Intel Atom ‘Oak Trail' platform, with ‘Cedar Trail' to follow, are examples of our continued commitment to bring amazing personal and mobile experiences to netbook and tablet devices, delivering architectural enhancements for longer battery life and greater performance," said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel. "We are accelerating the Intel Atom product line to now move faster than Moore's law, bringing new products to market on three process technologies in the next 3 years."


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