One day after Intel CEO Paul Otellini remarked that the "tablet race is nowhere near finished," Intel appears to be holding steady to that statement with the revelation that over 10 new tablets are on the way powered by the company's chips.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
Intel Corp. Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce more than 10 new tablet personal computer models that run on its own chips at the Taiwanese computer trade show later this month, as it seeks to expand beyond its PC stronghold into mobile devices, where designs from ARM Holdings PLC have become the standard...
And those unnamed models are just a part of the much larger tablet road map that Intel has planned for 2011:
Meanwhile, Intel's general manager for Asia-Pacific, Navin Shenoy, said more than 35 of Intel's chip-based tablet models are on track to be shipped through the year.
Intel execs are promising that the earthquake in Japan this past March shouldn't affect production, so hopefully we'll see some of these portable PCs on shelves within a few months.
Some of the specifics that we'll see more about when these tablets are showcased at Computex in Taiwan at the end of May include the new Oak Trail chips optimized for tablets.
We should also expect to see more Intel-powered tablets running versions of Android, not just Windows and MeeGo, given some of the statements during Intel's annual investor relations meeting in Santa Clara yesterday. Additionally, although these are labeled as "personal" tablets, Intel has also promised rigorous security standards, so there should be some room on these slates for business and enterprise-related functions as well.
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