There are times when stating the obvious makes all kinds of sense. Just like Microsoft, Intel was so entrenched in the PC industry that it was left watching as tablet opportunities slip by.
And this resulted in processor vendors like ARM, Qualcomm and NVIDIA getting an opportunity to rule the roost in this interesting new domain. The same can be said of another processor giant, AMD, which like Intel has been left stranded on the walkway.
But thing are about to change and both Intel and AMD are planning to mount refreshed tablet assaults.
Both are currently developing new solutions set for release later this year that offer impressive performances with long battery times, along with x86 compatibility. Intel has a lot riding on with Atom Silvermont and Core Haswell architectures.
According to Tech Radar Daily, Joseph Moore, an analyst with Morgan Stanley said in a note:
“Intel has made great strides optimizing its Atom architecture for the performance per watt needed for ultra mobile devices. While it is hard to say for sure until we see product benchmarks in customer devices, it certainly appears that the Silvermont architecture announced this week puts the company in position to compete aggressively on specifications.”
The analyst further predicts that the success of Intel Atom Silvermont SoC (system-on-chip) for tablets will be closely tied to the success of Windows 8.1. While there will be Intel tablets based on Google Android operating system, analysts are not expecting them to as popular as its x86 Windows slates.
In terms of numbers, the market researcher estimates that Intel will ship 36.1 million Atom SoCs in 2014, and this is set to rise to 50.2 million in 2015.