Intel has recently announced its plans to add a quad-core variant to its Atom series of mobile processors during a press conference at CES. The project, code-named Bay Trail, remains on the existing 22nm process used in most current Intel processors, and will be clocked at 1.2GHz. These Bay Trail processors are to be be ready in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. Intel also demonstrated a number of tablets with the new Atom chip running the Windows 8 Operating System.
The quad-core chip is targeted at the smartphone and tablet market currently dominated by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple. The reference design phone Intel produced features a 3.5 inch screen and is relatively thin. Intel must make significant improvements over its current series of Atom chips before it can take on much of the smartphone and tablet market.