Intel on track to launch new tablet chips

Intel is on track to launch an improved chip platform aimed at the fast-expanding tablet market, where so far it has trailed nimble competitors that specialise in cheap low-power processors. Code-named Oak Trail and due to begin shipping in early 2011, the chips have much-improved energy efficiency and hold their own compared to processors made by rivals, marketing director Anil Nanduri said. Sales of tablet computers have exploded since Apple launched its iPad in January and Intel is anxious to stake a claim in the market as rival manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, Hewlett-Packard and Dell launch competing products.