Intel’s Clover Trail

Sorry for the lack of posts; I’ve been knee-deep in the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. Just dinged 87 on my main. Also played through the monk starting area. I’m loving it so far.

Anyway, I write today to tell you that I’m very excited about Intel’s Clover Trail. It’s their up-and-coming 32nm dual-core Atom-based SoC for tablets. Promising 3 weeks of standby power and 10 hours of use, it’s competitive power-wise with ARM-based tablets. Clover Trail devices (more than 20 in the works) will support the full version of Windows 8, not the non-backward-compatible and dumbed-down “RT” version for ARM devices. Here is Intel’s press video about it:

 

While there’s generally a lot of excitement about Clover Trail, some people get a bad taste in their mouths when they hear “Intel Atom.” This stems from bad experiences with netbooks in their brief heyday. Frankly, I loved netbooks and still use one, but I can understand how aggravating they would be if you went into it expecting Macbook-Air-level performance.

Whether you like netbooks or not, have no fear that the dual-core Clover Trail will chug. I’ve personally used one and I can tell you I was very impressed with its speed and responsiveness. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below of Acer’s new Iconia W510:

 

In short, be on the lookout for these. I know I’m putting one on my Christmas list.

Full Disclosure: I work for Intel in the Atom Products Division. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent Intel’s positions, strategies, or opinions

via What Is Intel Clover Trail? [Video].

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