Intel to Unveil 10+ Tablet Designs at Computex

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Intel plans to showcase more than 10 tablet computer models running its processors at the Computex computer show in Taiwan, according to the Wall Street Journal. A spokesperson said that there was "no more to say on this ahead of Computex." The computer show opens May 31.

Intel's reported introduction of new tablet designs that would use its low-power Atom processors comes on the heels of the company's announcement Tuesday that it is shifting its design direction towards ultramobility products.

"This shift that we're making today is as fundamental as [earlier Intel shifts] to the Pentium and Centrino," Intel CEO Paul Otellini said at an analyst meeting at the company's Santa Clara, Calif. campus.

"We are aiming our center point for all of our design activities at sort of the 35 and 40-watt midpoint today in the notebooks that most of us use. We're shifting that down, substantially, to 15 or so watts. We're still going to build products that scale up that dynamic range, for other market needs, obviously. But the center point is going to be about ultramobility."

Intel has seen its x86 architecture for central processors challenged in recent years by makers of ARM-based chips, which have been far more popular for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets due to their ultra-low power consumption, small footprint and low thermals.

The chip giant has shrugged off the competition from ARM to some extent—claiming, for instance, that because data centers require at least one x86-based server per 400 mobile devices serviced, it's really Intel that has profited the most from the rise of tablets and smartphones despite the fact its chips aren't in them.

But Intel is clearly not content with populating servers alone. In an effort to finally become competitive with ARM, Intel said it will accelerate the pace of its process shrinks for its Atom chips to twice the pace of what Moore's Law usually predicts: that transistor counts will double every 18 to 24 months, delivering corresponding increases in performance or else lower voltages and longer battery life.

Intel thinks it can start to match ARM watt-for-watt as it accelerates its process technology, and the company has no plans to use its licenses and build an ARM-compatible chip, Otellini said.

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