Intel’s “Bay Trail” chips are low-cost, low-power processors designed for tablets, notebooks, and desktops. Since the first Bay Trail chips launched in late 2013 they’ve shown up in a number of inexpensive Windows tablets and notebooks such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and Gateway LT41P notebook.
But Intel is also taking aim at Android tablets, and according to a leaked product roadmap obtained by VR Zone, the first Bay Trail chips designed specifically for Android devices will launch at Mobile World Congress later in February.
We’ll probably also see some of the first Android tablets with Bay Trail chips around the same time.
It’s not like you can’t already find some Android tablets with Atom, Celeron, or Pentium processors based on Bay Trail architecture. But they’re pretty few and far between at the moment — and they tend to be devices like the Fuhu DreamTab, which uses chips that were originally designed for Windows machines or tablets like the ViewSonic ViewPad 10i which runs both Windows and Android.
According to VR-Zone the new Bay Trail chips will be distinct from their Windows counterparts and will include the Atom Z3775, Z3775D, Z3645, Z3745D, Z3735D, Z3735E, and Z3735G.
Intel is also expected to refresh its Bay Trail-T chips for Windows tablets with new 64-bit models at Mobile World Congress.
The company will reveal its next-gen low-power chips, code-named Cherry Trail around November. Those will be the chips that eventually replace Bay Trail.
You can read more about Intel’s plans for phone, tablet, and desktop processors in the coming year at VR-Zone
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I just want them to release one with a UEFI or BIOS that can load a normal Linux distro.
Putting a 64bit UEFI firmware on them would be a big step in that direction, the Linux foundation already released a boot loader that can work even with Secure Boot enabled but it only works with the 64bit UEFI…
While driver support should be getting to the point that you may soon expect everything to work but check with the distro’s specific Forum to be sure that the developers are up to date on support for Bay Trail… Using the latest Kernel, etc…
It’s about time Intel picked up the pace of Atom development. For so
many years, Atom was the poor relation to Core, and the public was
ill served by several generations of underwhelming Atom introductions.
It’s great that ARM is finally giving Intel the butt nudging (although not
yet the butt-kicking) Intel deserves. Hopefully ARM will give AMD
a path to profitability and viability. Competition can only be good
Agreed. Intel has been sitting on technology for a long time and they feature rot. Only enabling hardware encryption on their high end mobile processors, sitting on gigabit only in their chipsets, intentionally crippling atom so that each new iteration was a slight power drop only. Definitely signs of a company serving itself and not leading the market by serving customers.
Let’s go, 64bit Intel powered windows/android 8″ tablets with 4+gb ram and expansion dock! (And…. SIM slot?)
Competition will keep ARM on its toes!
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