Intel Atom is a power-efficient x86 platform with widespread use in netbooks and some tablet. Although it never experienced noteworthy success in tablet market, numerous device manufacturers are preparing twenty different Windows 8 tablets using the processor model. Powered with Clove Trail chipsets, these tablets are slated for release in the 2nd half of 2012 and they should be attractive alternatives for loyal Windows users.
While Intel is a big name in the processor industry, it is still struggling to contest the domination of ARM-based platforms in the mobile space. Its Medfield processor, although proven capable, hasn’t seen wider adoption among manufacturers.
Clover Trail (Atom Z2580) is a 32nm SoC and a successor to Medfield (Atom Z2460), with higher minimum clock and more powerful dual-core GPU (PowerVR SGX 544MP2 @533MH). Asus has confirmed that Tablet 810 and W510 will use the hardware platform. A more advanced, Bay Trail (22nm) is currently in the work.