Sporting 4 cores and the same GPU platform and manufacturing process as Ivy Bridge CPUs, there's...

|By:, SA News Editor

Sporting 4 cores and the same GPU platform and manufacturing process as Ivy Bridge CPUs, there's little doubt Intel's (INTC) Bay Trail Atom CPUs (due in Q4) will deliver big performance gains over the current Clover Trail. ReadWrite's Mark Hachman wonders if Bay Trail will be too good, cannibalizing sales of Core CPUs with the help of a relatively resource-efficient Windows 8. Though more demanding users will want Haswell Core systems (esp. since Bay Trail lacks multithreading), will some mainstream users decide Bay Trail is good enough? Intel wants to eventually reach a ~$200 price point for Atom-based touchscreen Android laptops, and a ~$300 price point for Windows systems.