Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has planned to launch its breakthrough Bay Trail in various tablet segments next year, supply chain sources told Monica Chen of DigiTimes. It will reach entry-level as well as the high-end tablet models. Intel's recently launched 32-bit chip Bay Trail is already available on devices supporting Windows 8/8.1. The 64-bit version of Bay Trail is likely to hit the market early next year. And the company plans to launch Android-based models by the end of this year.
Intel also plans to launch Willow Trail
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s iPhone 5S was the first mobile device to sport a 64-bit processor. The Cupertino-based company's latest tablet iPad Air also features a 64-bit chip. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich has officially confirmed that his company is working on a 64-bit Bay Trail processor for Android tablets that are likely to hit the market in 2014.
The entry-level Android-based Bay Trail will be used in 7-inch tablets that have a price tag between $99 and $129. Sources said that the Bay Trail and Cherry Trail processors will also be used in 8-inch to 10-inch tablets priced between $199 and $249; and 10-inch models that cost more than $249. Cherry Trail, that would support 32-bit and 64-bit Android and Windows 8/8.1, will be based on 14nm Airmont architecture. Sources said Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) would also launch Willow Trail during the fourth quarter of 2014. Willow Trail supports Windows 8/8.1 and Android, and is based on 14nm Goldmont architecture.
Bay Trail to improve tablet performance
Bay Trail processors can provide at least eight hours of battery life. They can support more than 4GB RAM, and are capable of better graphics. Sources added that Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) also plans to launch 22nm-based Moorefield and Merrifield in Q1 and Q3 next year. They platforms will be for smartphones, but can also work on Android tablets.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) shares jumped 0.63% to $24.98 at 10:52 AM EST.