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Notebook makers say no to Oak Trail

by on14 January 2011

Looks like Nvidia's Tegra 2 cuts the mustard
Intel's Oak Trail appears to be being greeted with a large yawn by notebook makers. Digitimes did a ring round of its notebook deep throats and found the majority of them were looking at Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor instead.

Intel has replied saying that there were shedloads of OEMS that have signed up to it. However Digitimes has a point. Oak Trail was expected to be seen under the bonnet of tablets, but at CES there was a lack of hardware makers who seemed committed to the chips.

Oak Trail has been adopted by Fujitsu, Toshiba and Samsung Electronics, while this would be seen as a start, none of them have been in a hurry to rush into mass production. HP, which originally planned to launch an Oak Trail-based tablet PC has pulled back from the idea.

To fix this problem Intel is already making price concessions to attract OEMs to Oak Trail. Currently the chip costs $40 which is about three times as much as the Tegra 2, and the company will even give a further discount for large volume orders, the sources noted.

It is starting to look like Intel faces some serious competition in the mobile market from Tegra 2.

Last modified on 14 January 2011
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