We’re starting to see Windows 7 tablet and notebook designs featuring Intel’s 1.5 GHz Atom Z670 Oak Trail chip, but according to DigiTimes we could start seeing Oak Trail tablets running Google Android 3.1 soon. We could also see next-generation Chromebooks later this year using Intel’s upcoming Cedar Trail platform.

The Intel Atom Z670 is a low power chip with a 3W TDP. It can support 1080p HD video, and it can run Windows 7, unlike the ARM-based processors found in most smartphones and tablets. But the chip can also handle other operating systems, and I’d be surprised if companies weren’t looking at using the Oak Trail chipset for Chrome and Android devices. There’ve been rumors floating around for a while that Intel is pushing manufacturers to consider its chips as alternatives to ARM-based processors.

According to DigiTimes, Acer, Asus and Lenovo all plan to offer tablets with Intel Atom Oak Trail chips soon.

The same companies are also reportedly working with Intel’s next-generation netbook chips and will launch notebooks with Intel Atom Cedar Trail processors and Google Chrome OS during the second half of 2011.

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3 replies on “Acer, Asus, Lenovo to launch Chrome OS, Android 3.1 devices with Intel chips?”

  1.  You are correct. I should have looked that up before writing about it. The Atom chips are the first x86 chips in a long time to use an in-order technology. The larger point is that right now Windows can run on Atom, but not on ARM… but that will soon change with the launch of Windows 8. 

    I’ve deleted the inaccurate portions of the post. Thanks for knowing more than I did about this and correcting me!

  2. Brad, I hate to tell you this, but all Atom chips are in-order dual issue cpu cores.  The out of order/in order thing has no bearing on whether a chip can run Windows.  The issue with Windows was whether it had PCI support, since Windows requires that even if the device in question doesn’t necessarily use it.

    If point of fact the ARM Cortex A9 is an out-of-order execution design, as is AMD’s Brazos/Zacate platforms.

    Intel has announced that the first out of order Atom won’t occur until at least Silvermont in 2012/13.

    Cheers

    1. Correct, Out of Order Processing is just more efficient, like being able to avoid being idle while data is retrieved for the next instruction in a program (like with multi-tasking processes), but it also tends to use more power and is why Intel originally opted to go with In Order Processing for the ATOM processors.

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