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Intel helps partners launch 'SoFIA'-based tablets

by on27 April 2015

For $79

Intel is going to help its partners release cheaper tablets.

According to Kitguru the partners will be helped if they release the Atom x3 system-on-chips code-named "SoFIA".

Intel has given partners reference designs for media tablets with 7", 8" and 10" displays. They will be powered by Intel Atom x3 processors with "Silvermont" micro-architecture and Google Android.
The reference designs include different apps and software. Depending on screen sizes, the new tablets from Intel's partners will cost more than $79, $89 and $129.

Intel will help Chinese white box tablet makers into new European, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia markets. Traditionally, Intel helps its partners with marketing money, business contacts and some other things.

Foxconn, Compal, Pegatron, Wistron and Elitegroup will handle manufacturing.

Atom x3

Intel Atom x3 platform family consists of three models: dual-core Atom x3-C3130 with 3G baseband, quad-core Atom x3-C323XRK with 3G baseband as well as Atom x3-C344C with 4G/LTE baseband. All chips feature ARM Mali graphics, high-definition video support, single-channel LPDDR2/DDR3L memory controller.

The Atom x3 devices are designed by either Intel or Rockchip Semiconductor and are made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. using one of its 28nm process technologies.

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