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Intel unveils Silvermont processors in the hope of finally making a dent in mobile

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Intel unveils Silvermont processors in the hope of finally making a dent in mobile
Intel has dominated the desktop processor market for quite a long time now, but it hasn't been able to really crack the mobile market. Instead, the mobile market has been dominated by Qualcomm, Samsung, and NVIDIA, all of whom license ARM architecture to make their chips. Today, Intel unveiled its new line of Silvermont processors, which it hopes will help the company finally make some headway in the mobile market.

Intel unveils Silvermont processors in the hope of finally making a dent in mobile
As you might expect when it comes to mobile processors, Intel is promising that the Silvermont line will offer more power in a more power-efficient package. Specifically, Intel says that the 22nm architecture chips will be about 3 times faster than current generation Atom processors while using about 5 times less power. 

The chips also offer a new "out-of-order execution engine" which promises to speed up single-thread performance, as well as "a new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system."

The first of the Silvermont processors expected to hit the market will be the "Bay Trail" chips, which are set to be in tablets this holiday season, and it could also be seen in laptops and desktops. 

source: Intel via Engadget

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posted on 06 May 2013, 19:16 10

1. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


And this is the point where Intel starts taking over the high end of the mobile market. Finally..

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:13 2

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1084; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


problem so far is their graphics chip either sucks due to win8 or poor drivers or something, but the same chip in other SOC rocks in ios.

posted on 06 May 2013, 19:22 15

2. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I hope so. x86 processors are much better than ARM.

posted on 06 May 2013, 19:40 12

3. yahoo29 (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Yah, even 1 core 1.4 ghz intel processor could score 12,000 in antutu.

posted on 06 May 2013, 19:43 10

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3261; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


just think what quad core can do.

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:35 3

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Just think what the A57™ would do®

posted on 07 May 2013, 00:02 5

24. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


do you think it can beat haswell in performance.
x86 is king in performance but with 22nm it will even best arm in battery usage

posted on 07 May 2013, 04:09 2

35. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Newer the ARM architecture gets the higher its power consumption goes. It's complete contrast to what Intel does, where newer the architecture gets the lower power consumption goes.

Quadcore ARM A15 consumes just north of 4W at full power, while intel promises to cut it's power by one fifth (1/5) on Silvermont.

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:58 2

23. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


dual core clover trail + scores as much as exynos 5 octa in lenovo k900.

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:23 2

28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No it doesn't.
It scores around 25000 and Octa scores 28000.
Also, it is clocked at 2GHz vs 1.6GHz

posted on 07 May 2013, 09:49

41. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Oh and, check out the Geekbench scores..the best that 2Ghz Atom scored was a bit over 1500.
Dual core Exynos at 1.7Ghz??
Up to 2500 points!
Just wait to see what Octa will do.

Btw, quad Snapdragon 600 scores around 3200..while the 800 version should smack it over 4500.

posted on 07 May 2013, 11:16

42. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Update..the 1.6GHz Octa scored ~3500

http://www.geekshut.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-tops-geekbench-android-charts/10214

..thats 120% higher than the 2Ghz Atom Medfield' score.

posted on 07 May 2013, 11:23

43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Now, can you imagine the score of the 2Ghz version with DDR3 memory..over 4000!
And then, up that by 30% per clock for the ARM A50 core, and up the clock speed to 3Ghz..yeah. I hope you start to get the idea

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:29 3

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Arm A57 is still left.

Arm Exynos 5450 A15 clocked at 3.0 will reach 50.000 Antutu!

A15 5410 is a entry level Cpu, you've still got 5420, 5430, 5440, and mighty 5450™

posted on 07 May 2013, 00:04

25. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


it will just increase CPU scores and not all scores.
so max 36k can be reached.

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:37 1

27. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 304; Member since: 07 May 2012)


and even then,intel will still trump that.
you still don't realise intel is the king of processors do you,and now they are taking smartphones and tablets more seriously

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:56

33. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


tegra or cualcomm still better than exynos no matter what version

posted on 07 May 2013, 04:14

37. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


And consume 8W.
Then it will have to deal with 7.5W Haswell processor. :P

posted on 06 May 2013, 20:50 2

5. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


nice one Intel!!

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:07 2

6. joesseth (Posts: 56; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Go Intel! You can do it!

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:35 2

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


in another years time©

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:19 2

7. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


So it begins.

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:28 2

8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


windows Android dual boot FTW!

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:02

15. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


no one will fight anymore over os because you got dual boot lol

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:28 1

9. PeaceB (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Hope Nexus5 goes x86...

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:33 2

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


iNtel® has another year to catch up with ARM™

posted on 07 May 2013, 04:13 1

36. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Actually ARM has only one year to think about it's strategies. Although I didn't say that it will go out of business.

The better business strategy is not blindly believing own strategy, because it's doing well currently, but smell what the competition is cooking.

posted on 06 May 2013, 21:42

14. gundamexia450 (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Intel in mobile processor? It will be a tough competitive market with Qualcomm and Samsung. :/

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:49 5

19. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


A dual core intel mobile cpu is faster than a quad core qualcomm/samsung.

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:18

17. FlushGordon (unregistered)


But the Lenovo K900 Clover Trail + has barely gotten out...does that mean it is wiser to wait for these faster chips?

Damn I was thinking of getting one

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:38

18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 3,accept no substitutes! I was going to get to a thinkPad tablet 2 but it didn't quite have the horsepower I needed.

posted on 06 May 2013, 22:50

20. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Ya wait, these will hopefully have better gpus and lte too.

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:37

21. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Qualcomm is still leaps and bounds ahead of Intel. No way, they're gonna give up their leadership in the market so easily. The Snapdragon processors are very much in demand and doing extremely well, as they're used in the S4, HTC One and many of the new mobile devices to be released later this year will be using the Snapdragon 800. No word of any flagship devices featuring Intel's babies. I think Intel (much like Microsoft) has failed to enter the mobile industry with enough aggressiveness and too late to offer proper contest against giants like Qualcomm.

posted on 07 May 2013, 00:51

26. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Intel is a very competetive company, arm lost to intel in tablets, now Its smartphones turn. If they ever felt threatened they have technology to do things like stack 2 I7s together to double performance or switch to multiple in core cpus.

Intel has reconized their gpus sucked, gt3e being featured in upcoming tablets/laptops is as power as a desktop gt 640.

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:43

31. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


ARM lost to Intel in a tablet space??
Thats the craziest thing i've read in days.
95 percent of tablets sold last quarter were ARM based!

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:20

44. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


In terms of hardware yes an intel I7 tablet will destroy anything arm will make for many years.

posted on 08 May 2013, 02:47

48. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Oh I wouldn't be so sure about that.
You're way over simplifying it.
The Haswell's i7(low power version) TDP will be around 15W..that is still too high for a real tablet.
So you'll still be getting a heavy, thick, expensive product that doesn't really compete with iPad and Android tablets.
Besides, with about 20% better performance compared to Ivy Bridge and about 40% lower power consumption, I'd say the best Intel will be able to put in a light tablet will be either a core i3 variety with the CPU punch of a, say, current MacBook Air(but with weaker, heavily restricted GPU..because Intel GPUs are still way over the ultra low power limit)..either a quad core 2Ghz Silvermont Atom, that could actually be even more capable chip, but with an even weaker GPU.

On the other side, a few months later you'll get to see the Cortex A 50 entering the market.
A design that can run at over 3Ghz in a

posted on 08 May 2013, 02:52

49. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


..in a

posted on 08 May 2013, 03:00

50. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Wtf??

In a 5W power envelope.. license being even AMD for their future processors.

posted on 06 May 2013, 23:51

22. Avenger337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


Now if Intel is very strong in the highly competitive processors War. but be warned now in charge of sales is undoubtedly Qualcommm. But of course Intel will give mcuh to talk. No doubt about it there.

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:32

29. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


C'mon we need full Windows,Intel Tablets..
I am tired of PHONE operation systems like android and iOS.
The barely do the basics...

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:50 1

32. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


They are already out.
HP Elite Pad, for example. Thin, just 600grams, great battery life and Windows 8 professional.
2Ghz clover trail is reportedly running it just fine

posted on 07 May 2013, 05:48

39. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


+10
I will definetaly check this out.

posted on 07 May 2013, 09:23

40. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, prepare yourself for some heavy price tag.
Also, the screen resolution is pretty low, but I don't think that's such a deal breaker on windows 8.

posted on 07 May 2013, 03:36 1

30. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


So much Intel fanboys here.. how sad.
Do you realize what a corporate monopoly is?

And how much of exact opposite ARM is to that?

You should love ARM for all the contribution it gave to the mobile revolution.
They actually made it all possible!
And I'm sure they will continue to rule the low power market.
The 64bit A57/A53(the most computing power per watt ever in a chip) system done in a 14nm process will be amazing.
The key advantage against Intel will be in price and ease of implementation.

posted on 07 May 2013, 04:01

34. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


I don't think that you realize what a corporate monopoly is.

Mobile market is almost completely dominated by ARM. It has even better dominance that what intel has on Personal Computers or should I say x86 market.

And here is something you posted on one of the comments above
"95 percent of tablets sold last quarter were ARM based!"

:p

posted on 07 May 2013, 05:30

38. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I hoped for a comment like this.
ARM isn't a corporate monster.. it's a small, open chip design licensee.
It allows for customers to do whatever they want with the design.
That's no monopoly, but openness.
And the license fee is truly miniscule.
Its a COMPLETELY different thing than Intel was doing.

"Intel and Microsoft monopolised the PC market and decided what consumers would get. Once you define the standards, e.g. homogeneous x86 architecture, and once the market accepts that as the standard, you can almost charge what you like and the consumer gets what is given to them. That is how Intel became a hugely profitable and seemingly dominant company with a monster mark up on each chip sold. Paying hundreds of dollars just for a hot CPU was commonplace. That time is disappearing, CPUs are on a path to being a commodity designed to a new heterogeneous standard."

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:45

45. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


It shows that you clearly don't understand what "Monopoly" means actually..

Go back, find a business dictionary, search for the word "monopoly" and tell me what that means.

Don't confuse yourself with openness close arguements.
Cheers!! ;)

posted on 08 May 2013, 01:47 1

46. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Now you're just BS me because you dont have anything smart to say left.

Do some homework.
Snapdragon, Swift(Apple), Huawei's "
KV" series of chips are all ARM based..but their design is so heavily tweaked and customized that they aren't an ARM licensed chips anymore.
Look it up!
ARM doesn't get a cent from Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei etc.
While EVERY x86 chip has a hefty Intel license tag on it.

There's just no comparison.. ARM is a small, open design creator with ridiculously small profits considering the market impact they have.

Get some clue, damn.

posted on 08 May 2013, 01:56

47. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Qualcomm
2012 revenue: $ 19 billion
Profit: $ 6 billion
Employees: ~ 26000

Intel
2012 revenue: $ 53 billion
Profit: $ 11 billion
Employees: 105 000

ARM Holdings
2012 revenue: $ 0.58 billion
Profit: 0.2 billion
Employees: 2000

Getting the picture finally?
Just because 99% of ultra low power chips out there are ARM based, that doesn't mean monopoly.
It just means the ORIGIN OF THE DESIGN

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:35

53. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


"Qualcomm
2012 revenue: $ 19 billion
Profit: $ 6 billion
Employees: ~ 26000

Intel
2012 revenue: $ 53 billion
Profit: $ 11 billion
Employees: 105 000

ARM Holdings
2012 revenue: $ 0.58 billion
Profit: 0.2 billion
Employees: 2000

Getting the picture finally?
Just because 99% of ultra low power chips out there are ARM based, that doesn't mean monopoly.
It just means the ORIGIN OF THE DESIGN"

Things aren't as simple as you quote here.

If you come with this logic, I will ask a question to you with same logic..

01) IE market share is lower than that of chrome, but Google filed a complain to EU about not letting them to create a browser for WinRT. (Filed under monopoly)
Why did they filed the complain as they have more marketshare than IE?

02) Google filed and tipped anti-competitive complain to EU about IE being the default browser on Windows. Despite chrome being the most popular and most used browser, EU made a decision that forced MS to include default browser select option (including Chrome).
Why did the deal this as an anti-competitive/monopoly act?

03) bing usage is almost nothing compared to Google search. Why MS forced to put an oftion to use competitive searches (even on not so popular WP), while they have their propriatory search service?

04) Why did Google filed a complain about the deal between MS and Nokia, which let Nokia to create only WP devices. You know, google owns almost 70% of smartphone OS.

Monopoly means far more complicated than what you think, my dear friend.

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:18

51. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


"ARM doesn't get a cent from Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei etc.
While EVERY x86 chip has a hefty Intel license tag on it"

WTF are you talking about??
Banghead!!

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:18

54. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Uh?
Do I need to draw it out to you?

My point is.. ARM doesn't have a monopoly, because the basic design is heterogeneous.
Qualcomm and Apple, while producing "ARM based" chips, actually have nothing to do with ARM per se.
They are developing chips independently..to the point of complete freedom in design without needing any external license. ARM has absolutely no benefit or use from this.

Its like designing an innovative engine block and then leave it to the will of others whether they will pay a fee to use , or develop something on their own, taking the same basic idea.
Or making a recipe for a drink, and then licensing it.
But everyone is free to make a "coke" of their own..it will still be coke-based, but that's all.
The original inventor doesn't have any benefit from it.
Why is this so hard to understand?

Intel?
Here's a good read for you:

http://jolt.law.harvard.edu/digest/patent/intel-and-the-x86-architecture-a-legal-perspective-2

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:20

52. abate (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


"Do some homework.
Snapdragon, Swift(Apple), Huawei's "
KV" series of chips are all ARM based..but their design is so heavily tweaked and customized that they aren't an ARM licensed chips anymore.
Look it up!"

"There's just no comparison.. ARM is a small, open design creator with ridiculously small profits considering the market impact they have. "

Like i said, you don't know the actual meaning of Monopoly.

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