According to a source, Intel will release its Windows 8 tablets to the public in November that will also sport an upcoming dual-core Atom chip. In addition, expect convertibles to also ship with Windows 8 when it first launches.
Windows 8 will support multiple chip types, including those from AMD, Intel and ARM SoC makers, and Microsoft seems keen on releasing the OS with various devices. The news source, originally reported by CNET, claims to not just expect tablets to be released with Windows in the near future, but also hybrid convertibles as well, “more than 50 percent” of “more than a dozen” devices.
That being said, many of the Intel tablets will be powered by Intel’s upcoming “Clover Trail” Atom chip. Clover Trail is Intel’s first dual-core Atom chip based on its 32-nanometer process technology. It is also expected that many Windows 8 convertibles will sport Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processor.
We have already seen one Ivy Bridge Windows 8 convertible and were able to test it out at CES 2012, and that was the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, which was actually an Ultrabook convertible.
A newer Intel chip is in the works as well: Bay Trail. According to the source, Bay Trail will serve as the 22-nanometer successor to Clover Trail.