Intel reveals more about Atom-based Bay Trail chip for Windows 8.1 tablets

Dell's Latitude 10 has Intel's Clover Trail chip, which will get a successor in Bay Trail

Intel launched its Atom-based processor, code named Clover Trail, in late 2012 alongside the launch of Windows 8. Clover Trail-based tablets running on Microsoft's latest OS were made by Dell, HP, Samsung and others but those tablets were in short supply for the first few months of the Windows 8 launch.

This week, at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, CNet.com reports that Intel revealed more information about the successor to Clover Trail, which has the code name Bay Trail. This version of the Atom processor, according to the company, represents the first major revamp of the Atom microarchitecture since the low power processor was first launched by Intel in 2008.

Tan Weng Kuan, vice president of Intel China, told the audience at IDF this week that tablets "as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby" could be made with Bay Trail chips inside. Current Clover Trail-based tablets, such as Dell's Latitude 10 shown above, have between eight to 10 hours of battery life.

Bay Trail-based tablets are scheduled to be launched by the end of 2013. That means that the first tablets with Bay Trail chips inside will likely be running Windows 8.1, the upcoming update to Microsoft's Windows 8 that could launch to the public sometime in late summer.

Source: CNet.com | Image via Dell

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I tried ATOM once, I still have the slowest machine at home there that no one uses, and I will never ever try it again

If they rename it all at once maybe, but otherwise, no thank you

Even though they're different chips? To be frank, the current generation of Atom chips work very nicely in Windows 8 tablets. They easily give Tegra 3 devices a run for their money, with comparable battery life.

john.smith_2084 said,
I tried ATOM once, I still have the slowest machine at home there that no one uses, and I will never ever try it again

If they rename it all at once maybe, but otherwise, no thank you

That makes literally no sense.

john.smith_2084 said,
I tried ATOM once, I still have the slowest machine at home there that no one uses, and I will never ever try it again

If they rename it all at once maybe, but otherwise, no thank you


When was the last time you tried Atom? These new Clover Trails are nothing like the old Atoms. The only similarity is in the name. I hate Intel for calling this new thing Atom, because now we have people like you that recall about your old underpowered processor.

WOW this is a massive improvement. 1080p support, quad core chips, the Core series GPU with DirectX 11, USB 3.0 support, etc. This is why Microsoft had to bring ARM manufacturers into the Windows world, it lit a fire under Intel.

majortom1981 said,
Isn't Bay Trail the first atom to use the gpu that the core series uses?

nevermind looked it up still the same crudy powervr gpu.

You were right the first time, it will have a variation of the HD4000. Clover Trail+ will still use PowerVR

I hope so . it would be a HUGE performance increase. would actually make atom powered tablets with windows 8 a competitor for things like the ipad.

majortom1981 said,
I hope so . it would be a HUGE performance increase. would actually make atom powered tablets with windows 8 a competitor for things like the ipad.

Um dude, Windows 8 tablets already have a massive raw computing power advantage over the iPad. It's really just apps and a bit of UI polishing that Win 8 tabs need to capture market share.

ingramator said,

Um dude, Windows 8 tablets already have a massive raw computing power advantage over the iPad. It's really just apps and a bit of UI polishing that Win 8 tabs need to capture market share.

Have you ever used an atom tablet or netbook ? they are only usefull for things like word or internet browsing. the intel hd gpus will give a big boost in performance that will make them be able to run games decently.

majortom1981 said,

Have you ever used an atom tablet or netbook ? they are only usefull for things like word or internet browsing. the intel hd gpus will give a big boost in performance that will make them be able to run games decently.

I think in a tablet where you wont be using desktop applications, it will be fine for Windows RT tablets. If you still want a portable desktop, I am sure these arent goimng to be used in Windows Pro tablets.

The new atoms with the the gpu's in their core series will be the best of aarm chips and their core series. some light to medium range gaming but the battery life close to that of atom chips.

these new atom chips could totally replace the arm chips in the surface rt.

notchinese said,

You were right the first time, it will have a variation of the HD4000. Clover Trail+ will still use PowerVR

Besides the gpu, these will be the first ooo atoms, which should boost cpu performance as well. If they can manage to improve all of this and also have a smaller power envelope, ARM on Windows will be a tough sale.