The "Bay Trail" family is based on Intel's "Silvermont" architecture announced in May 2013. The Atom Z3000 Processor Series ("Bay Trail-T") is the company's first mobile multi-core SoC. Other variants include new Pentium and Celeron processors ("Bay Trail"-M and -D) that targets the laptop and desktop market.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is attempting to reassure jittery vendors that Redmond's recently unveiled Windows 8 Surface tablet is simply a "design point" - rather than a competing device.
Last week we reported that PC vendors - including Hewlett Packard (HP) - were up in arms over Microsoft's recent decision to enter the lucrative tablet market with its indigenously designed Surface device.