The first set of Intel-based Windows 8 tablets are expected to arrive in retail stores this November. “The schedule is tight,” said sources with CNET. “Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures — three ARM, Intel, and AMD.”
The Intel-based devices will not just be tablets. They will be hybrids, convertibles, and keyboard-based laptops. All of the devices will most likely use Intel’s “Clover Trail” Atom chip. Clover Trail is Intel’s first dual-core Atom design based on their 32-nanometer process technology. The single core version of the chip powers a phone from India-based Laval and is expected to be for phones from Orange, Lenovo, and Motorola.
Hybrid Windows 8 designs with Ivy Bridge processors are also expected in November. “It is a gigantic performer, with similar battery life to Clover Trail. It will also have a lot of security features built in and Infineon [3G/4G] silicon inside,” said CNET’s source.