Rumor: Intel's Windows 8 tablet chip called Clover Trail W?

Intel has been trying to get its processors inside more smartphones and tablets. However, the company isn't forgetting the fact that it has a long and healthy relationship with Microsoft and its Windows division. This week, as part of its announcements at the Mobile World Congress trade show, Intel announced plans for a new processor and also a chip that could be used inside Windows 8-based tablets.

As reported by News.com, Intel's new smartphone processor is the Z2580 Atom chip. It's got two cores, has a clock speed of up to 1.8 GHz and has the PowerVR SGX 544MP2 chip inside for graphics. That chip has the code name Clover Trail L but it likely won't be made available for smartphones until sometime in 2013.

However, Intel also announced a variant of that chip called Clover Tail W. That chip could be released by the end of 2012 but it only has a single core graphics engine. The story speculates that chip could be used by PC makers to power a Windows 8-based tablet product.

Intel has not officially commented on its plans for Clover Tail W. However, there are rumors that HP will have at least two x86 tablets with Windows 8 by the end of the year. It's possible that one or both could be using Intel's Clover Tail W processor.

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I'm really curious to see how these Intel chips perform with respect to battery life, but given the extensive use of x86 in the existing Windows kernel, I'm going to assume Microsoft has highly optimized Win8 for x86. If they take advantage of the full instruction set, it might possibly beat out some RISC (ARM) tablets (since the equivalent operations would have to be done in software, which is always more expensive with respect to power draw as opposed to the hardware implementation)...

That, coupled with Intel's huge push to shrink transistor size, coupled with their 3D gate technology, might finally give ARM/Qualcomm a run for their money. I suppose time will tell

So the tablet version is worse than the phone version. I guess that says something about ho horribly optimized android is then

HawkMan said,
So the tablet version is worse than the phone version. I guess that says something about ho horribly optimized android is then

No one (directly) mentioned Android, be gone troll -.-

HawkMan said,
So the tablet version is worse than the phone version. I guess that says something about ho horribly optimized android is then

What? The Phone version is a single core with the SGX540 graphics core. How is a dual core chip with a dual core GPU, clocked higher worse than that?