Intel's Oak Trail leads the way into tablet industry
Written By: Meaghan Clark
Intel Corp. has announced today that it will introduce a chip that is designed to improve the battery life in touch screen computers. The chip is called Oak Trail and will be sold under the Atom brand to make for a 60 percent smaller unit than its predecessor. The product also claims to make for “all-day” battery life in touch screen computers and will be unveiled at Intel’s Developer Forum in Beijing. Additionally, Oak Trail has already been sent to computer makers and will be found in 35 machines by the end of 2011.
Intel’s strategy has taken some heat from industry leaders because they have failed to enter into the tablet computer world, even though the company provides product for 80 percent of the world’s personal computer market, according to Business Week and International Data Corp. Previously, Intel never had a chip that could fit into the tiny data compartments in tablet devices and its existing products used too much battery power, hence the company’s slow gain into the tablet industry.
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Bill Kircos, GM of Marketing for Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group says Oak Trail gets into the “game with a tablet-centric product.”
Apple’s iPad uses ARM Holdings Plc’s chips in its tablet devices, which assisted in gaining a 99 percent market share for the lesser known chip company. Now that Intel has finally entered the tablet world, it could make for quite the commotion in the supply chain.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.