Intel has formally announced its & Oak Trail& Atom Z670 processor, touting 35 different design wins and a three-Watt TDP, along with a Z650 version for embedded devices. The chipmaker also said its 32nm & Cedar Trail& will be released during the second half of this year, featuring improved graphics and even lower power consumption....
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.
Intel offered new details about its 22nm Silvermont architecture Bay Trail-T system-on-chip, targeting affordable Android and Windows 8 tablets. The Intel Atom Z3000 family SoC will be offered in dual- and quad-core models, offering up to twice the performance of current Atom chips while providing up to 10-hour battery life, says Intel.
Intel officials have confirmed at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco on September 13 that “Clover Trail” - the upcoming version of the company’s low-power Atom processor would not support Linux.
The Clover Field processor, which can be seen in various nondescript laptops around IDF, is targeted at mobile devices, such as low-cost notebooks and tablets.
Intel will respond to falling netbook sales by slashing the price of its upcoming & Cedar Trail& Atoms, bringing the cost of complete devices below $200, reports say. The 1.86GHz Atom N2800 and 1.6GHz Atom N2600 will both sport dual cores, while TDPs will be 3.5 and 6.5 Watts, respectively....
Intel will not support Linux in its upcoming chip for laptops and tablets. That leaves Windows 8 as the only operating system that will run on the Clover Trail Atom chip.
To be clear, Linux can run on Clover Trail because it is an x86 chip. But it’s unlikely any device maker will want to go to the trouble to do it.
Given the shock they've had to endure as a result of the ongoing Secure Boot saga over the past year or so, Linux geeks may perhaps be forgiven if they're a tad sensitive to apparent attempts to exclude Linux from other new technological developments as well.