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Intel Unveils Oak Trail Family With Atom Z670 Chip

Semiconductor giant Intel has finally launch a refreshed version of its Atom range and the first member of its Oak Trail family, the Z670, which was first unveiled last year at Computex in Taipei.

The chip, which is fabbed using a 45nm process, is squarely aimed at tablets rather than smartphones and still needs a chipset the SM35 Express to be used optimally.

Intel says that more than 35 companies have already signed up for the design but big names such as Dell, Acer, Asus, HP or Toshiba appear to be missing from the initial line up.

The main advantage that the new Atom processor will have on ARM's system on chip ecosystem is the fact that it can run full fat Windows although this unique selling point will disappear next year when Microsoft launches Windows 8 for ARM.

The Z670 is a single core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz with 512KB L2 cache, Intel's GMA600 graphics solution as well as support for up to 2GB single channel DDR2 memory.

The Oak Trail platform is a transitory one though as Intel plans to move fast to Cedar Trail, which is built using a 32nm geometry, by the end of the year and will demo the technology in Beijing at its Annual Intel Developer Forum.

By 2013, the successor of Oak Trail will move to 22nm and is likely to integrate hardware security features as well as wireless capabilities brough through the acquisitions of McAfee and Infineon.

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