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Intel is getting into the tablet market with its Atom Z670 processors


Intel is getting into the tablet business with a new line of its Atom processors called the Z670 series.

The microchip giant announced the new processors Monday and said the Atom Z670 chips would make their way into tablets and other portable devices by the end of next month.

So far, companies such as Asus, Fujitsu and Lenovo have signed on to build devices using the new processors. Intel said the Z760 line would offer "increased battery life, enhanced performance especially around video, and several other new features" and be ideal for use in "mobile clinical assistants, ruggedized industrial tablets and portable point-of-sale systems."

Among the first devices to run using a Z670 processor will be the Asus EeePad Slider, which has a 10.1-inch touch screen and a slide-out keyboard; a new tablet from Evolve that will run on Windows 7; and the upcoming Lenovo Ideapad Slate tablet.

The Samsung Series 7 tablet, announced at CES in Las Vegas in January (and which also features a slide-out keyboard) will also run on a 1.66-GHz Z670 processor and Windows 7.


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Image: The Asus EeePad Slider. Credit: Intel / Asus

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