The growing tablet market may still be dominated by Apple and its iPad. However other tablets like the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Blackberry Playbook are trying to muscle in on the iPad's party. However all of those tablets use processors that are not made or designed by Intel, who is the leader in the PC processor space and has been since, well, forever. So when will Intel finally enter the tablet market? Soon, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Intel is supposed to show off "more than ten new tablets" that will have Intel processors inside when the massive PC trade show Computex starts on May 31 in Taiwan. In fact Navin Shenoy, the general manager for Intel's Asia Pacific business, has predicted that "more than 35" tablets with Intel's processors will ship out sometime before the end of the year. That should be good news for Intel who has seen its market share in the tablet market taken over by processors designed by ARM.
Intel plans to launch a new chip design, code named Oak Trail, that will be specifically designed for tablets as well as smartphones. It will be that processor that will be inside all those Intel-based tablets that will show up at Computex. However Intel still faces an uphill battle to take on the tablet market thanks to ARM-based processors getting a head start inside so many shipping tablets. We should soon see if Intel's Oak Trail can compete with ARM in this section of personal technology.