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Friday, 14 January 2011 12:39

Notebook makers say no to Oak Trail

Written by Nick Farell

Looks like Nvidia's Tegra 2 cuts the mustard
Intel's Oak Trail appears to be being greeted with a large yawn by notebook makers. Digitimes did a ring round of its notebook deep throats and found the majority of them were looking at Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor instead.

Intel has replied saying that there were shedloads of OEMS that have signed up to it. However Digitimes has a point. Oak Trail was expected to be seen under the bonnet of tablets, but at CES there was a lack of hardware makers who seemed committed to the chips.

Oak Trail has been adopted by Fujitsu, Toshiba and Samsung Electronics, while this would be seen as a start, none of them have been in a hurry to rush into mass production. HP, which originally planned to launch an Oak Trail-based tablet PC has pulled back from the idea.

To fix this problem Intel is already making price concessions to attract OEMs to Oak Trail. Currently the chip costs $40 which is about three times as much as the Tegra 2, and the company will even give a further discount for large volume orders, the sources noted.

It is starting to look like Intel faces some serious competition in the mobile market from Tegra 2.

Last modified on Friday, 14 January 2011 13:47
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-26 #1 Warrior24_7 2011-01-14 12:58
Terga 2 is king!! :-)
+44 #2 fuadzilla 2011-01-14 13:12
intel is testing the anti-trust hotwaters again...
+14 #3 guideX 2011-01-14 14:26
Why don't these Intel faggots just spend a few billion of their stockpiles of money on working on ARM chips?
+10 #4 arclight 2011-01-14 14:33
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Terga 2 is king!! :-)

Does it run Crysis? :D
N-vidiak just shat on your forehead :-x
Look i just pulled a Warrior24_7 on you.

Intel and AMD are just frightened by analysts who say they could make more money in the mobile devices...but they never made adequate parts for this market, i don't see that changing overnight.

Matter of fact i'd love to see them give up this market and concentrate on what they do best, powerfull x86 CPUs. Maybe on 28nm or smaller nodes they will have better offerings, still x86 doesn't play that well on this small devices.
+19 #5 majorpayne 2011-01-14 14:39
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Terga 2 is king!! :-)

Warrior24_7 is the idiot/stupid king.
-1 #6 MrScary 2011-01-14 14:52
Tegra is a joke compared to AMD Fusion, i dont get that much hype for notebooks, wich are clearly AMD Zacate/Ontario market.
+14 #7 Super XP 2011-01-14 15:42
This is good news, hopefully this will help AMD push forth the Fusion design further into the notebook market...Finally some real good competition that "WILL" drive prices down with the consumer winning in the end...
+10 #8 Super XP 2011-01-14 15:47
"To arclight"
You make a good point, but it is the Notebook market that is growing every year super fast, so it only makes sense for both major CPU makers (AMD & Intel) to stay in it and compete. It's also good for NVIDIA to get into this space to further fuel competition and help drive prices down.

In the end all we want is strong healthy competition and cheap prices for high end components and performance...
+10 #9 Dribble 2011-01-14 15:59
As I understand it Intel is basically paying makers to make x86 tablets - in that they give you a large bundle of cash for *marketing* if you produce an Intel powered tablet. Hence most makers will make one of them to get the money, and Intel can claim design wins.

Intel sells it with Intel's own Meego, but that's rubbish so everyone dumps that and puts win 7 on instead. Personally unless Intel pay me to buy one of theirs, I'll get an android 3 one.
+47 #10 East17 2011-01-14 15:59
Well, good job nVIDIA! But why is Tegra 2 so cheap ? 13$ for a Tegra 2 chip?

So if Tegra 2 is so cheap, why do we pay 500$ for a phone based on it ?

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