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.