Back at Cebit we were told that Intel was rushing to introduce Oak Trail products by the end of the second quarter.
It appears chipzilla will meet its deadline and Oak Trail based tablets are expected to ship in May, while availability should coincide with Computex, which starts May 31. In a chat with PC Advisor, an Intel spokesperson confirmed that the first products should be available in May, but there is still no information on the number of design wins or exact launch schedules. In any case, quite a few major players, including the likes of Samsung, Lenovo and Fujitsu are expected to introduce Oak Trail tablets with Windows 7.
Although the tablet market is currently dominated by ARM-based chips, x86 parts will also have take a swing at this emerging market. In addition to Intel’s Oak Trail, AMD is also offering the C-50, a Fusion dual-core part with on-die graphics, which will make its debut in the Acer Iconia W500 shortly. Although most users will probably opt for cheaper ARM-based designs, x86 tablets could fill a unique niche in the market, especially among business users who need an x86 platform and are willing to pay a premium for compatibility.