By Max Clarke

The world’s largest producer of semiconductor microchips yesterday unveiled its eagerly awaited ‘Oak Trail’ line of processors.

The California based Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) designed its new processors with low weight and low power consumption as key priorities, in order to better penetrate the burgeoning Tablet PC market. The chip is 60% lighter, can boast ‘all day battery life’ and is designed for thin, fanless hardware like tablet computers.

"The new Intel Atom 'Oak Trail' platform, with 'Cedar Trail' to follow, are examples of our continued commitment to bring amazing personal and mobile experiences to netbook and tablet devices, delivering architectural enhancements for longer battery life and greater performance," said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel. "We are accelerating the Intel Atom product line to now move faster than Moore's law, bringing new products to market on three process technologies in the next 3 years."

With these significant improvements in power-efficient performance, the Intel Atom processor Z670 allows applications to run on various operating systems, including Google Android, MeeGo and Windows.