Intel has made its intention to release Oak Trail next quarter pretty clear, but judging by a fresh DigiTimes report, we may see the new slate-bound platform arrive sooner rather than later. Quoting anonymous industry sources, the site reports that Intel "has recently started mass production" of Oak Trail silicon.
DigiTimes also managed to discover how much Intel will charge for the platform. Word is that Oak Trail, which will combine an Atom Z670 processor with an SM35 chipset, will sell together with Intel and Nokia's MeeGo operating system for only $25 or so. The site hints that Intel is trying to use low prices to entice customers away from ARM-based solutions.
Oak Trail might not be a half-bad ARM competitor in terms of power-efficient performance, either. Intel revealed back in June that the platform will deliver "up to a 50 percent reduction in average power consumption," as well as the ability to play back full-HD video. I don't know if too many users will want to play Avatar at 1080p on a slate with a 1024x600 resolution, of course, but the reduced power consumption does sound like it could allow for some nice, thin slate devices.