Intel talks up Atom Z3000 chips for Android and Windows 8 tabletsAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
We've started to see Intel's name pop up more and more frequently in mobile lately, most recently in conjunction with new Android hardware like the ASUS Fonepad Note 6 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Today the chip maker continued its efforts to make it big in the mobile world with the announcement of the Atom Z3000 series of processors, also known by the codename "Bay Trail," which will soon be found powering Android and Windows 8 tablets.
Based on the Silvermont microarchitecture that I told you about back in May, the new Atom Z3000 series of chips consumes the least amount of power of the Bay Trail family, making it best-suited for use in tablets. Intel says that the Atom Z3000 can allow for up to 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby while also offering double the computing performance and triple the graphics performance of the previous Atom chip.
Speaking of graphics, Intel is also touting the Z3000's new Intel HD Graphics Technology and Intel Clear Video HD Technology, features that it says will help to offer users smooth gaming and video playback. The Z3000 also supports DX11 for expanded PC apps and gaming and can drive screen resolutions of up to 2560x1600 as well as dual independent display setups.
When it comes to the tablets themselves, Intel says that the Atom Z3000 is targeted at Android and Windows 8 hardware that measures 7 to 11.6 inches in size, are as thin as 8mm and weigh under a pound. The company goes on to say that slates based on its new system-on-a-chip could be priced as low as $199. No specific products were named, but with the battery and performance claims that Intel is making about its new chipset, it sounds like consumers that will soon be in the market for a new tablet may want to keep an eye out for the words "Atom Z3000" while shopping around.