Atom-powered slates are on their way—a lot of them. As CNet News reports, Intel CEO Paul Otellini provided a brief update about the subject at the Barclays Capital 2010 Global Technology Conference, revealing that Intel has "over 35" design wins in the pipeline for the first half of 2011. Those design wins will include tablets from Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, Fujitsu, Cisco, and others.
Interestingly, the PowerPoint slide posted by CNet shows Intel hyping up design wins based not just on Windows and its MeeGo platform, but also Android. Otellini reportedly explained that Froyo (2.2) and Honeycomb (3.0) versions of Android will show up on Atom-based slates. Android seems to me like it could end up as the best iOS competitor in the tablet space, so support is a big deal for Intel. The question, I suppose, is whether Atom- or ARM-based Android slates will be more compelling.
CNet News says Otellini also talked about the nitty-gritty side of things a little, noting that both Oak Trail and Moorestown Atom platforms will make their way into next year's slates. Oak Trail, which isn't out yet, will power Windows-based slates and offer a "very solid, high-performance, low-power version of Atom." Meanwhile, Moorestown, which includes the Atom Z600 series, will power thinner and lighter tablets with longer battery life.
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