Tablet Innovation: Today and Tomorrow

This week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, Doug Davis, GM of the newly formed Netbook and Tablet Group, took to the stage outlining Intel’s plan to accelerate the Atom product line roadmap. He boldly claimed that Intel will begin to move faster than Moore’s Law to bring new Intel Atom products to market based on three process technology generations over the next three years.

This speed of development and innovation will help push Intel ahead of the pack in the tablet market. Today, the dialogue around tablets is focused on battery life – for good reason. The newly launched Atom Z670 (codenamed “Oak Trail”) provides up-to all day battery life1 – but as Intel begins this acceleration, battery life will quickly become a moot point. What was “all-day” will become all week or even all month battery life. Once this happens, Intel believes the key differentiation in tablets and other connected devices will be found in the features that are integrated into the silicon, and pure performance which enables a range of consumer benefits. This traditionally has been, and continues to be, Intel’s strength.

This industry is in the early stages of development, and has yet to realize its full potential. We believe that what lies ahead is far greater than what we’ve seen so far. With the launch of the Atom Z670 processor this week, we showcased a variety of new tablet innovations, including the Razer Switchblade gaming device, which incorporates a multi-touch screen with a dynamic keyboard that adapts and changes with the games being played.

Once was only for consumers, tablets are also finding their way into the workplace more and more. Traditional vertical businesses like healthcare are using tablets to help increase efficiency, improve productivity and save time. Motion Computing’s mobile clinical assistant is one such example of how tablets allow medical staff to directly input data into patients’ electronic files and avoid paper charting.

In the future, tablets may not even look like they do today. Other “hybrid-like” devices will offer consumers the choice of designs that flip, swivel, spin and slide providing both touch-screen and keyboard interfaces.

With so many new, innovative uses, and designs in store for tablets and other companion devices, one thing is clear: Intel’s current and future technologies will play a key role in the tablet market segment today and in the future.

What do you want from your next tablet?

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Ton Steenman

About Ton Steenman

Vice President, Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Group General Manager, Internet of Things Strategy and Technology Office Ton Steenman is vice president of the Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Group and general manager of the Internet of Things Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for managing the IoT strategy across all of Intel's assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, and technical alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies and solutions. IoT is a significant area of growth for Intel, and the company has a wide range of technologies and assets to help customers realize the business transformational opportunity IoT offers.

3 Responses to Tablet Innovation: Today and Tomorrow

  1. Francis says:

    Wow! Intel seems to be leading in battery cell technology.I wonder how a battery could last for one week let alone one month.
    The technology is amazing but I trust Intel.

  2. iTechWhiz says:

    Any tabletpc is merely an oversized smartphone unless it has a Wacom digitizer.
    Other things I’d like are a 1080p resolution screen or better that’s 5-7″. A slate with a good thumb keyboard. Of course this requires some type of touch input. LED backlighting or a screen that requires no backlighting to be seen under full sunlight. 12+ hours of battery life. Less than 1.5 pounds. No bezel. 2.5″ sata hard drive. Dust seals. Passive cooling. GPS.