Intel has started shipping their Oak Trail Atom processor earlier this week, so we should start seeing a number of Intel Inside-branded tablets by May. Like the rest of Intel’s Atom processors usually found on netbooks, the new Atom Z670 chip is designed to consume less power, while also emitting less heat, and take up less space compared to older models. It’s around 60 percent smaller, and shouldn’t need active cooling, for fitting into more compact tablet form factors.
Listed to run tablets based on Windows, Android and MeeGo, the Atom Z670 also features a deeper sleep state, which draws less power when the device is inactive to extend standby times. A new graphics core also adds 1080p HD video decoding and support for an HDMI out port.
The Oak Trail Atom chips are expected to make their first appearance under the hood of Asus’ Eee Slider and Samsung’s Sliding PC 7, due out in May.