This might not be a tower defense game, per se, but it is a game nevertheless for Intel. The chip giant has been found out, on the wrong foot at that, in the mobile world, with ARM running away with both success and glory.
But Intel fought back admirably with its Bay Trail-T family of energy-efficient chips for tablet devices.
These processors delivered decent enough performance for both Windows and Android machines, while at the same time allowing for long battery times. The end result is that there is an overabundance of Windows 8 tablets, between screen sizes 7 and 10 inches, powered by Bay Trail.
A bunch of Android models are also primed for arrival soon.
And while we have known for a while that Intel planned to release even more Bay Trail-T chips in 2014, when was the big question. And it has just been answered by this report that offers details of the second wave of Atom Bay Trail chips that are in the pipeline.
It is said that no less than 9 different models are being prepared — and some of these will offer graphical performance increases of up to 16 percent.
The most powerful in this lineup will be the Intel Atom Z3795, a quad-core chip that can fly at clock speeds of 2.39GHz. On the low end side we have the Atom Z3735E, with a maximum speed of 1.83GHz, supporting just 1GB of RAM maximum.
These are, for the most part, similar to the Clover Trail+ chips released in February 2013, hot on the heels of the vanilla Clover Trail line up that made its way to the market in September 2012. Long way.
Word is that these new chips will be out of the gates in the second quarter of the year.