According to a source who has close ties with Intel, as quoted from CNet, Clover Trail is a continuation of Medfield chip that uses a single core and will be marketed in March 2012. While Clover Trail, a computational process will be supported dual core processor, in order to attract the interest of vendors to use chips from Intel. The plan, Clover Trail will be marketed in mid-2012.
Taiwan tech site, DigiTimes today reported that Acer and Lenovo expressed interest in using Clover Trail for their Windows 8 tablets. Both will use the Clover Trail in the third quarter of this year.
This step is taken to confront the dominance of Intel ARM chips are widely used in smartphones and tablet device. However, there is the possibility of the mobile device vendors are still comfortable to use ARM chip, especially for Android-based tablet. DigiTimes also thinks, Medfield chip can not compete with ARM chips in terms of performance and energy savings.
ARM is a 32-bit architecture RISC processor developed by Advanced RISC Machine Limited (ARM Limited).
In addition to Medfield and Clover Trail, Intel is also preparing a plan Silvermont chips will be marketed starting in 2013. All three types of atom chip is redesigned.