Intel Corp announced on Tuesday plans for new versions of its low-power Atom processors for netbook computers and portable tablet devices, seeing rapid growth in such products. The new “Pine Trail” and “Oak Trail” chips in the Atom family, announced at the Computex fair in Taipei, are optimised for tablet and netbook designs, and will deliver up to a 50 percent reduction in average power consumption with full HD-video playback, Intel said. “Oak Trail” chips will be available in 2011.

More than 50 million Intel-based netbooks were sold in the past two years, and Atom chips have made their way into netbooks sold by Taiwan's Asustek Computer and Acer. and the company sees the same amount in the next two years. “Absolutely 50 million and more over the next two years,” said Matthew Parker, general manager of Intel's Atom client division. “We made committed to the small form factors computing the netbooks provide and are optimistic about the growth opportunity within that segment,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Tablet is an additional opportunity on top of that.”

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