Intel working with 10 companies on Windows 8 tablets

Windows 8 could live or die on how well the operating system sells on tablet devices. Now Intel has said it is working with as many as 10 different PC vendors to create tablets that will run Windows 8 and will have Intel's processors running things inside.

PCWorld.com quotes Intel China chairman Sean Maloney as saying, "You'll probably see many Intel-based tablets by the end of this year." He declined to say which vendors will be making Windows 8 tablets. However some companies such as HP and Dell have already announced plans to make a business-themed tablet for Microsoft's next operating system.

Many of those tablet products will likely run on Intel's upcoming mobile processor, which has the code name "Clover Trail". The processor will have a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, according to a slide presentation by Maloney during a presentation this week at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.

The big question is whether or not there will be a large enough market for Windows 8 tablets. A report posted this week by Gartner predicted that Microsoft's tablet market share will be 4.1 percent in 2012 but will increase to 11.8 percent by 2016. However, that same report also predicted that Windows 8 tablets would be more popular with IT professionals rather than the general public.

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ythis is already way better than anything with android on it... that crappy os will be eradicated from the tablet market in the minute W8 hits it

gartner also predicted windows phone would overtake the iphone in 2015. when it comes to that company you can't belive one thing they say, good or bad.

neonspark said,
gartner also predicted windows phone would overtake the iphone in 2015. when it comes to that company you can't belive one thing they say, good or bad.

I'm not saying I agree that the Windows Phone will overtake iPhone but is it 2015 yet? You can't really discredit them when we still have a few years to go.

neonspark said,
gartner also predicted windows phone would overtake the iphone in 2015. when it comes to that company you can't belive one thing they say, good or bad.

So you travelled back in time just to tell us that Gartner are wrong?

neonspark said,
gartner also predicted windows phone would overtake the iphone in 2015. when it comes to that company you can't belive one thing they say, good or bad.

Nokia Lumia 900 is doing quite well right now, and 2015 is pretty far away.

Let's just hope the Clover Trail has a low enough TDP to ditch any active cooling.
Tablet + Fan make a very bad equation in my book.

Let's hope AMD is still in this race with their excellent APU.

TheCyberKnight said,
Let's just hope the Clover Trail has a low enough TDP to ditch any active cooling.
Tablet + Fan make a very bad equation in my book.

Let's hope AMD is still in this race with their excellent APU.

Not getting a W8 tablet unless there's an AMD heart beating in it, nor will I let my mom get a non-AMD one.

I think at least their Medfield chips can run without active cooling, considering it's inside mobile phones. Heck, when you have a chip like Medfield that can deliver battery life nearly on par with ARM chips, but with better performance... you have to ask yourself why even bother with Windows ARM tablets in the first place If Intel had actually gotten these chips out sooner Windows on ARM probably wouldn't even exist.

TheCyberKnight said,
Let's just hope the Clover Trail has a low enough TDP to ditch any active cooling.
Tablet + Fan make a very bad equation in my book.

Let's hope AMD is still in this race with their excellent APU.

I believe it can be run fanless. The Atom Z670 chip (Oak Trail) is already powering the fanless Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet. Thus at least some of the Clover Trail SKUs should have a low-enough TDP for fanless operation.

Kai Y said,

I believe it can be run fanless. The Atom Z670 chip (Oak Trail) is already powering the fanless Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 tablet.

All Z670 based devices are notorious for their bad performance…

TheCyberKnight said,
Let's just hope the Clover Trail has a low enough TDP to ditch any active cooling.
Tablet + Fan make a very bad equation in my book.

Let's hope AMD is still in this race with their excellent APU.

Yup, AMD should be golden with its wide range of APUs. OEMs should have no problem balancing price, performance and design. Intel also has something to offer with the new Atoms, but I'm not sure if they'll be as attractive to manufactures.

techbeck said,
Id buy a Win8 tab as long as I can dock it with a full KB. Would probably get rid of my laptop as well....maybe.

I think ASUS will be making one, similar to the Transformer line

techbeck said,
Id buy a Win8 tab as long as I can dock it with a full KB. Would probably get rid of my laptop as well....maybe.

I am personally waiting on the Windows 8 on ARM systems.