Intel is tossing its hat into the ring that is the tablet market, as Chief Executive Paul Otellini announced yesterday at the Barclay Capital’s Global Technology Conference that the company would have Atom processors and chipsets in 35 different devices in 2011.
“Our customers are designing to support multiple operating systems,” Otellini said. “No one knows who is going to win here.”
The devices include Windows tablets from Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Fujitsu, Asus, Motion Computing, Cosmos, and ExoPC; Android tablets from Cisco, Asus, Dell, Open Peak, AT&T, Lenovo, and Avaya; and Meego tablets from Acer, WeTab, Indamixx, and Gemtek. The tablets featuring Intel chipsets will become available in the first half of next year, according to Otellini, with the lightweight tablets sporting the energy-efficient Moorestown processor, while the high-end “Oak Trail” Atom processor will be used in Windows tablets.
The news from Otellini coincides with Intel’s recent decision to create a new business unit dedicated specifically to creating chips for netbooks and tablets in an effort to stave off fierce competition in the market.
The company’s competitive spirit won’t be constrained to just tablets and netbooks, however, as Otellini also mentioned that Intel chips will be showing up in smartphones in the second half of 2011. Though Intel stated at CES in January that it intended to make a showing in smartphones this year, its Moorestown chip (released in May) uses too much power to match the efficiency of the ARM processors currently found in smartphones.
As a result, the company is creating a successor to the Moorestown — a smartphone processor codenamed Medfield — that will ostensibly allow Intel to become a competitor in the smartphone race. “This is a marathon,” Otellini reassured his audience, “not a sprint.”