Microsoft is working on its next-generation operating system designed to run on touchscreen tablets as well as it does on laptop or desktop computers. Intel, meanwhile is working on a next-generation Atom chip designed to work in tablets, netbooks, and other low power devices. See a trend here?
This next part should come as no surprise, but it turns out that Intel is hoping to time the launch of its new chip to coincide with the launch of Windows 8.
The Intel Atom Cloverview platform will replace the company’s Oak Trail chips next year. Cloverview chips will be the first Atom processors built with a 32nm design. Intel hasn’t released many details yet, but the company wants these chips to compete with low power ARM-based processors, so it seems like a safe bet that they’ll use less power and generate less heat than today’s Atom processors while offering higher performance graphics.
Intel will also continue to offer N-series and D-series Atom chips which use more electricity, but which offer higher performance computing for netbooks and budget laptop and desktop computers.