Intel may be the biggest company that's exhibiting at CES 2013 this week that has a direct relationship with Microsoft in terms of its Windows 8 support. Today, the company held a press conference in Las Vegas where it announced a number of new processors made for Windows PCs.
Intel's press release offers up the details of its CES reveals, which includes a new 22nm Atom chip, code name "Bay Trail", that will be the successor to the "Clover Trail" processor that launched in several Windows 8 tablets in 2012. Intel said:
The first quad-core Atom SoC will be the most powerful Atom processor to date, delivering more than two times the computing performance of Intel's current generation tablet offering. It will also include new improved integrated security offerings. These improvements will enable new experiences for business and personal use in devices as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby, all at lower prices.
"Bay Trail" chips will become available in Windows 8 tablets sometime in late 2013. Engadget also reports that during Intel's press conference, the company said it would release an improved version of Clover Trail chips that would have better battery life and performance, but details were not announced.
Intel also announced the fourth generation of its main Core processors, which will cut down its power use to just 7 watts, versus 15 watts for current Core chips. Intel says these new Core processors will enable Ultrabook-based notebooks to have as much as nine hours of battery life. It will be used inside Lenovo's upcoming Yoga 11S notebook and an upcoming and unnamed Acer notebook, among other products. They should start to become available to the public later this spring.
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