“The chip giant has created a new business unit that it calls the netbook and tablet group,” Vance reports. “The unit will be run by Douglas L. Davis, the current head of Intel’s embedded and communications group, who will be charged with making sure Intel can fend off all kinds of competition in the burgeoning market for PC offshoots.”
“Intel often formally announces the formation of such groups but kept this one quiet for some reason. Still, Bill Kircos, a company spokesman, confirmed the move,” Vance reports. “A certain amount of symbolism accompanies the formation of this group because Intel is one of the companies most associated with the rise of the classic PC.”
Vance reports, “Tablets are more challenging for Intel. Apple’s iPad has proved the dominant device in this category and it runs on Apple’s own ARM chip, the A4. A number of companies designing tablets have eyed ARM chips as lower-power, lower-cost alternatives to Intel’s Atom chip that can still provide enough computing oomph to keep people happy.”
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