Intel has started its grand offensive on the ultramobile market with the launch of Oak Trail. The heart of the platform is the Intel Atom Z6xx processor where the first is Atom Z670 and it will fight the numerous ARM processors that power smartphones and tables.
Intel Atom Z670 is paired to Intel’s new SM35 Express chipset and the base is Oak Trail. Intel’s new platform has a maximal power consumption of 3.75 watt and the processor Atom Z670 makes up 3 watt on its own. Intel’s first Oak Trail CPU sports a single CPU core with HyperThreading for handling two threads. The frequency is set to 1.5 GHz and Atom Z670 is made with the relatively aged45nm technology.
Intel connects Oak Trail to DDR2-800 memory with up to 2GB density, while the integrated GMA 600 GPU operate at 400 MHz and supports both recording and playback of 1080p video, and HDMI output.
Atom Z670 and Oak Trail tagets tablets most of all and the company has played on the mere size of the chip. With a new Micro-Flip chip packing it has reduced the size by 60% down to 13.8×13.8mm. The chipset SM35 Express measures 14x14mm and is 30% smaller than equivalent chips from last generation, and here we find four USB ports, SATA 3.0 Gbps, and HDMI 1.3a output for 1080p video.
Intel repeat many times that it is focusing on tablets and will support many operating systems, including Windows 7, Android and MeeGo. Intel partners have already set 35 different Oak Trail-based products for launch. The first will appear in May and these include ASUS EeePad Slider and Lenovo Ideapad Slate.