Intel (INTC) may be making headway in the tablet market. The chip maker has struck a deal with Chinese fabless chip maker Rockchip to jointly produce an Intel-based, quad-core x86 Atom chip framed on Intel’s Sofia architecture with an integrated 3G modem.
As Intel goes so goes Windows 8.
The chipmaker just unveiled its roadmap for Window 8 tablets. At the core will be the latest generation of Atom processors: quad-core architecture at a 22nm size. Intel calls it the Bay Trail and expects to see it within shipping hardware in late 2013 — including Android tablets.
With this latest chip, Intel is reconfirming its commitment to Windows 8.
While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices.
On the first day of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed plans for a “Quark” processor family that uses a tenth the power of an Atom chip and is designed for low-power applications ranging from the “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) apps to wearable computing.