Intel targets low-cost 2-in-1 PC/tablets with new chip family

Summary:Intel has revealed a new family of chips designed for low-cost 2-in-1 PCs and small form factor PCs.

Chipmaker Intel has revealed new hardware aimed at low-cost 2-in-1 covertible PC/tablets and fanless desktop machines.

The Bay Trail M series of chips will be targeted at range of low-cost mobile PCs: including $349 2-in-1 PC/tablets, $250 notebooks with touch and clamshell designs starting at $199.

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The chips offer two times faster performance in productivity applications and up to three times faster graphics performance compared to two year old Intel-based value notebooks, according to Intel benchmarks.

The Bay Trail M line will be available in four SKUs: the Intel Pentium N3510 and Intel Celeron N2910, N2810 and N2805 processors.

Machines powered by these processors can be fanless, can measure less than 11 mm thick and weigh just 2.2 lbs, according to Intel.

Speaking at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of Intel's software and services group, the processors would extend the touchscreen 2-in-1 market from $999 Haswell-powered devices at the top end down to $399 Bay Trail machines.

The Bay Trail D series will be Intel's smallest package for desktop processors and is targeted at fanless and small form factor machines for entry-level computing, expected to sell for $199. The processors would also be suited to specialist uses, such as powering intelligent digital displays.

The series will be available in three SKUs: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850 and Intel Celeron J1750.

Both series of chips are based on the Bay Trail platform, the low-power Intel Atom SoC made using the firm's 22nm process with 3D Tri-Gate transistors, and with cores based on the Silvermont architecture, with introduces performance optimisations like out of order instruction execution.

Intel has also launched its Bay Trail-T or Z3000 series targeted at tablets and 2-in-1 PCs .

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