Report: Slate makers pressured by Intel, Microsoft

Considering that Apple's iPad features an ARM processor core and a version of iPhone OS, you'd think other hardware makers would largely skip Intel and Windows for their competing slate devices. Not so, according to DigiTimes, which says some PC makers have recently changed their focus.

DigiTimes explains that firms including Asus and MSI have already finished developing ARM-powered slates, and their original plans called for the use of Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip devices and Google Android software "to reduce costs." However, the firms plan to "push Wintel-based tablet PCs as their focus" for the Computex trade show in Taiwan next week.

Nebulous sources quoted by DigiTimes claim "persuasion" by both Intel and Microsoft led to the change. Presumably, the two companies would like to see tablets running the new Intel Moorestown (a.k.a. Atom Z600 series) chips and Windows 7.

Nevertheless, the same sources say ARM-based slates should still make an appearance at the show and hit the distribution channel next quarter.

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