时间:2011-04-12 22:46 作者:admin 来源:www.2abc8.com
英特尔推出首款平板电脑芯片凌动(Oak Trail)处理器（中英文）Intel unveils first product for tablet computers
Intel is launching its first chip designed for tablet computers in an attempt to take on UK-based Arm, whose chip architecture is now behind the majority of smartphones and tablets in the fast-growing market.
The world’s biggest chipmaker will today launch Oak Trail, the first product released by its newly formed “netbooks and tablets” group, at a conference in Beijing. Intel expects more than 35 devices to be using Oak Trail starting from May, including ones from Fujitsu and Lenovo.
The US company has long dominated the market for processors in desktop and notebook computers, but has yet to make headway supplying chips for smartphones and tablets, which are now having an impact on demand for traditional PCs.
It unsuccessfully tried to enter the smartphone market last year with a chip codenamed Moorestown. Not a single smartphone company chose to use it as it was considered too large and power-hungry.
Doug Davis, general manager of Intel’s new group, said on Monday that the chip would deliver “longer battery life and greater performance”.
Smartphone sales are this year expected to increase by half and tablet shipments nearly quadruple, according to analysts. In contrast, PC shipments are expected to increase by about 10 per cent. The problem for Intel is that most smartphones and tablets, including Apple’s iPhone and iPad, already use chips based only on Arm’s architecture.
“If [Intel] doesn’t become a player immediately, its prospects of getting into the market in the future will only grow dimmer,” said Matt Wilkins, principal analyst at iSuppli.
Intel concedes that it is late to the tablet chip market, but says there is time to catch up. “We don’t see [competition in the tablet market] as a 100m dash. It’s a marathon ... this is the beginning of the beginning,” George Chakos, platform marketing manager at Intel, said.