This is my next reports Intel is expected to launch its Cloverview Atom SoC around the same time as Microsoft launches Windows 8.
Microsoft’s been very clear on one of its Windows 8 strategies: it will not follow the typical Wintel paradigm. The new operating system will work with a slew of ARM-powered devices, whether they be tablets or laptops. Certainly, that presents a new major threat for Intel, but a bit more about Chipzilla’s Windows 8 competitive strategy is coming to light. According to Intel’s Director of Product and Technology Media Relations Bill Kircos, the Atom Clover Trail platform and its Cloverview processor are being designed to work with Microsoft’s forthcoming tile-adorned OS. The silicon platform is being timed with Windows 8 (or for the second half of 2012) and it will be a “nice one-two chip-software punch,” says Kircos. He wouldn’t give us an exact month or quarter timeframe on the duo (today there are rumors of a Windows 8 RTM happening in April 2012), but he was very clear that Intel would meet or beat Win 8, and that the x86 Atom architecture would power a slew of tablets, netbooks, slider devices, and more.