"Bay Trail" may end Atom's curse in tablets
For five years now, Intel has touted the Atom chip as the perfect chip to power inexpensive devices like netbooks and tablets. But they've been pokey performers and power hogs to boot, so Atom-based devices fill computing's bargain bin.
The new 22nm "Bay Trail" version of Atom looks to change that, delivering reasonable performance and good energy efficiency at a low price. We'll find out around the holidays, when cheaper Windows and Android tablets, as well as Windows hybrid devices, arrive with "Bay Trail" inside.