Intel ups ante on ARM with raft of new tablet PCs

Steve Dinneen
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INTEL fired yet another warning shot across the bows of ARM Holdings yesterday, revealing that it will release at least 10 new tablet computers powered by its chips.

Intel has failed to break into the market for mobile microprocessors, which is cornered by Cambridge-based ARM.

However, Intel boss Paul Otellini told the firm’s investors this week he has placed knocking ARM off its perch at the centre of its plans.

The firm will showcase the new tablets at the Computex computer trade show in Taiwan later this month.

Intel has been slowly ramping up pressure on ARM, recently unveiling its latest low-powered chip – codenamed Ivy Bridge – that it says is the smallest in the world.

It is desperate to muscle in on tablets designed by industry leaders including Apple, which are almost exclusively designed by ARM.

It is also understood to be manufacturing a chip for a new Microsoft tablet, which could also be unveiled this year.