Intel showed two future products--a dual-core Netbook and tablet design--at its 2010 investor meeting Tuesday, and didn't waste time in touting the advantages of an Intel-based tablet over the Apple iPad.
"You'll have USB, you'll have SATA (Serial ATA connector for storage devices), a cheaper memory solution, and you'll even be able to connect to your printer," he said. "And performance? We'll be able to deliver dual-core," he said, referring to the tablet.
Hewlett-Packard has also demonstrated an Intel-based tablet but given no specifics about shipment dates. And it has been reticent about its tablet plans in the wake of the Palm acquisition.
Eden also brought out an ultrathin Netbook running one of Intel's upcoming dual-core "Pineview" Atom processors. Pineview is the central processor unit, or CPU, part of the larger Intel Pine Trail Atom technology, which includes a supporting chipset.
The dual-core Atom for Netbooks is expected to be announced by early June and result in a number of new Netbook announcements. Intel already sells a relatively power-hungry dual-core Atom chip that is not intended for Netbooks but targeted at small desktop PCs.