Intel plugs Oak Trail Atom for tablets

Intel has announced that its Atom "platform", formerly codenamed “Oak Trail,” will begin in devices starting in May and throughout 2011.

The chip maker claims that more than 35 tablets and 'hybrid' designs are on their way from the likes of Fujitsu , Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer, Evolve III and Viliv. The devices will run a variety of operating systems, the firm said.

Intel also said it will be showing off its next-generation, 32nm Intel Atom platform, currently codenamed “Cedar Trail,” at its Developer Forum in Beijing - once it finds someone with the stage presence of Anand Chandrasekher, we imagine

That man may be Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel, who said: “We are accelerating the Intel Atom product line to now move faster than Moore’s law, bringing new products to market on three process technologies in the next three years.”

The new Intel Atom processor Z670, part of the “Oak Trail” platform, delivers improved video playback, fast Internet browsing and longer battery life, Intel said. Oak Trail includes support for 1080p video decode, as well as HDMI. The platform also supports Adobe Flash, nudge, nudge wink, wink.

The processor is 60 percent smaller than previous generations with a lower-power design for fanless devices. Additional features include Intel Enhanced Deeper Sleep that saves more power during periods of inactivity as well as optimized Intel SpeedStep technology.

Intel Atom Z670 processors come with the Intel SM35 Express Chipset. The also-announced Atom processor Z650 is aimed at embedded devices running Windows and MeeGo operating systems.

Intel said the next-generation “Cedar Trail” platform will feature improvements in graphics capabilities including Blu-ray 2.0 support, a dedicated media engine for full 1080p playback and additional digital display options including HDMI output and DisplayPort. Intel also promises Wireless Music, Wireless Display, PC Synch and Fast Boot.

Intel is currently sampling “Cedar Trail” to all major OEMs and ODMs. Designs are expected on the market in the second half of 2011.