Originally Posted By Nathan Eddy, eWeek
Tablets running Microsoft Windows 8 and Intel Clover Trail chips—and built by Lenovo and Acer—are reportedly in the works.
Computer makers Lenovo and Acer are reportedly planning to release tablet devices running the Windows 8 platform from Microsoft and sporting Intel chips known as Clover Trail. A DigiTimes report quoted sources in the “upstream supply chain” as saying that PC players are putting more hope on Intel’s Clover Trail platform as Medfield, designed by Intel for Android-based smartphones and tablet PCs, is “eclipsed by ARM-based processors in terms of performance and power saving.”
The report also says the combined Windows and Intel (Wintel) tablets could be available in the third quarter, finding strong demand in the enterprise as tablet sales grow and users familiar with Microsoft applications look for a platform they are familiar with. Acer and Lenovo join other technology giants, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft mobile platform partner Nokia in their plans for a Windows-based tablet to rival Apple’s iPad.