64-bit BayTrail-powered Android tablets to arrive this spring

Tablets using Intel’s newest Atom processor, Bay Trail, will hit the market next quarter, according to a comment made by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during the chipmaker’s earnings conference call with analysts.

Until now, the one-to-four core, 64-bit capable, low-power processors have largely been restricted to Windows 8.1 devices, reflecting Bay Trail’s original Windows focus. Intel switched focus to Android during the development process, and this is what caused the delay in getting Android products to market.

Although previous Atom parts included 64-bit variants for high-density servers, Bay Trail represents the first Atom processor that has 64-bit editions aimed at tablets. Apple stole a march on its competitors in the smartphone and tablet market last year when it introduced the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina Display. 64-bit support can provide modest improvements to both security and performance, and just as it has taken over the desktop and server space, in the long term it’s inevitable that it will do so in the mobile space.

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