Windows 8 touch devices will dive in price this year, reports C/Net.
“If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200,” said Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
The Bay Trail chip, a 22 nm Atom SoC, is a complete redesign of the Atom micro architecture and is expected to get Atom chips closer to mainstream Intel chips in performance. Previously, Intel had said its Bay Trail Atom chip was meant for tablets. Now Intel expects convertible and detachable PCs, along with desktops, will also use the processor,
Along with Bay Trail, Intel is launching this quarter its fourth-generation Core processor, codenamed “Haswell“, which the company said can bring laptop battery life to nine or ten hours. Haswell is a new architecture that will be built on the same 22nm process as the current Ivy Bridge “core” processors.
The price of Windows 8 touch devices, including laptops, is expected to sink to price points that penetrate inexpensive tablet territory using the upcoming quad-core “Bay Trail” chip, Intel executives said, during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call this week.
Intel profit dropped 25 percent this quarter as it grapples with weak PCs Windows 8 tablets. The company reported net income to $2.05 billion, a decline of 25 percent from $2.74 billion in the period a year earlier.
Analysts have suggested Intel’s future might lie in a full-fledged foundry strategy, where it manufactures chips for third parties like GlobalFoundries and TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.). Intel will start making chips in 14-nm factories later this year, with chips due to ship next year in PCs.
TSMC is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of computer chips. Officials in Southwest Washington say the company is close to a decision on building a second fab at its only current U.S. site, on the WaferTech campus in Camas.
There has been no decision on building a new fab in the United States, according to TSMC officials. A new fab now costs $5 billion.
“We have 20 fabs in Taiwan, and that’s an advantage because when a machine goes down in one plant we can ship one over from another. You can’t do that for a fab in the US.”
Additionally, a mysterious “Project Azalea” is considering a massive electronics factory – which appears to be a fab – in either upstate New York or Hillsboro, Oregon, reports The Oregonian today.
Other fields that Intel might explore include health.
In a TED Talk, Intel Fellow and GM Eric Dishman calls into question our current approach to healthcare. Eric Dishman does health care research for Intel — studying how new technology can solve big problems in the system for the sick, the aging.
Intel’s Health Initiative utilizes technology to assist an aging population. Dishman was promoting a state-wide initiative to develop a hub of independent living technologies, much as the state has funded green energy and biotech. His vision is to move 50% of aging health care in Oregon out of institutions and into homes and the community in 10 years. Care Innovations, for example, is a joint venture between Intel and GE to produce disease management, independent living, and assistive technologies for the home.
The mHealth field has emerged as a sub-segment of eHealth, using computers, mobile phones, patient monitors, etc., for health services and information.
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