As Advanced Micro Devices is preparing its APUs for widespread tablet use, Intel is already thinking of what will come after the existing Atom series.
Clover Trail, Intel Atom Z2760, turned out to be a decent attempt at an x86 tablet platform, with a solid number of Windows 8 tablets using it.
It helps that there isn't much of an alternative when creating slates running Windows 8 instead of Windows RT.
This will change over the next one or two years, and Intel knows it. To keep up its game, the company is preparing the Bat Trail-T chip.
As Clover Trail's successor, the processor will possess up to 60% better computing performance (four 2.1 GHz cores versus two 1.8 GHz) and around three times better graphics (a GPU with DirectX 11 and 2560 x 1600 pixels max resolution).
Intel is including a dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller in the Bay Trail-T too.
Availability is scheduled for 2014, since the 22nm process won't be ready for a while. 11-hour normal runtime and 20-day standby battery life are expected.