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Intel rethinking tablets with new Atom X5, X7 chips

Agam Shah | March 3, 2015
Intel hopes to reignite excitement in tablets with its new Atom chips code-named Cherry Trail, which will be in devices in a few months.

Intel has had relative success in the tablet market, shipping more than 40 million chips last year. But with tablet shipments flat, Intel isn't expecting tablet chip shipments to top those numbers this year. Intel was aided in 2014 by the fact that it virtually bought its way into the tablet market by subsidizing Bay Trail and older Atom chips for device makers, and it isn't expected to do the same with its Cherry Trail chips as it chases higher margins.

In a separate announcement, Intel also announced its latest XMM 7363 LTE modem, which will be in devices starting the second half of this year. The product provides downlink speeds of 450Mbps (bits per second), and supports 29 LTE bands. It also supports VoLTE (Voice over LTE), multi-SIM capability and LTE Broadcast for high-speed multimedia transfers.

 

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