We all know Intel's struggles transitioning its chip dominance from PCs to mobile devices. Its "Medfield" Atom system-on-a-chip was supposed to help it break into smartphones, though the results have been muted save mostly for the Motorola Razr i. At the same time, the company created a Red Ridge reference tablet using the Medfield chip, though a different Intel platform -- Clover Trail -- has been used for new Windows 8 tablets.
So it's mildly surprising to find out that a mystery tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and based on Intel's Red Ridge platform has tipped up at the FCC. There's not much else in the way of other specs, and there's no mention of a brand name for the tablet, so the only excitement is that a Medfield-based slate seems to exist and could be reaching the market soon.
That "soon" could be next month's CES 2013 trade show, where an avalanche of new tablets will be launching. How a Medfield model, which might not have the robust performance of competing chips, will slot into the overall tablet marketplace remains to be seen, but the FCC filing suggests we may not have to wait much longer to find out.