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Intel Makes Mobile Bid With New Tablet Chip

Armed with a new power-saving chip, Intel enters the mobile device market

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Intel Makes Mobile Bid With New Tablet Chip

Intel formally entered the mobile device market on Monday, with the unveiling of its new system-on-a-chip platform for tablet computers, the Atom Z670 (formerly known by the code name "Oak Trail").

Over the years, Intel has been notably absent from the mobile market, presently dominated by UK-based chip designer ARM. The big stumbling block has creating processors that maintain performance without drawing too much power. Intel thinks it's found a power solution with the Z600 series. "2011 is about becoming relevant," Intel notebooks and tablets marketing manager Kevin O'Donovan told the BBC.

According to Intel's announcement, the 45-nanometer Atom Z670 processor boasts more than 35 design agreements and will begin appearing in devices beginning in May. A next-generation, 32-nanometer Atom processor is expected to ship by the end of the year.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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