Intel developing next-gen Atom processor for tablet use

Intel developing next-gen Atom processor for tablet use
ARM and its Cortex processors are currently dominating the mobile landscape by a pretty wide margin, yet one major CPU maker is trying to grab a piece of the lucrative market as well – Intel. The latter already has its Atom processors powering a small number of smartphones, the petite Motorola RAZR i being one of them. We also know that the company is considering a push into the tablet market with hardware based on its low-power chips. 

And now, thanks to a leaked Intel roadmap, we kind of know what kind of features and performance the maker's future Atom processors will deliver. The company is planning to release its Bay Trail series of chips in 2014 and is already negotiating with OEMs that may be interested in using the next-gen SoC. According to the roadmap, the Bay Trail processors will be made using 22-nanometer manufacturing process, which should make them very power efficient. As a side note, the Clover Trail and Cortex-A15 processors that are already in use today are 32- and 28-nanometer chips respectively. According to Intel, its new Atom chips will be about 50% to 60% more powerful than the current Clover Trail offerings. 

Taking a look at the Bay Trail specs sheet reveals that the new mobile Atom processors will be of the quad-core kind (sorry, no 48-core chips yet) and will run at up to 2.1GHz, all the while being capable of delivering excellent battery life and decent performance without dissipating a whole lot of heat. The SoC will come with "Intel Gen 7" graphics and support for DirectX 11. 2560 by 1600 pixels is being quoted as the maximum supported display resolution, and 1080p playback at 30 frames per second should be an easy task for the GPU to handle. 

So yeah, that is Intel's vision of the future Atom-powered tablet computers. If things go as planned, perhaps we'll learn more about the development of the Bay Trail Atom SoC at CES2013.



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12 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This would be awesome if they can make a 28 nano meter and capable of clocking speeds up to 2.1 GHz would be sweet, it will propaly help battery last longer and multitasking would be smoother but would graphics look nice on it like as good as tegra 4 when it comes out next year hopefully :)

9. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Well, first, it is 22nm. Next, it will use intel HD 4000. I don't know the specs for the Tegra 4 obviously and they are more than capable of building a better GPU. However, it is still amazing for a tablet regardless. Intel HD 4000 currently in another planet when talking about tablet GPUs.

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I for one would really like Intel to bring it with their awesome cpus and kick some butt!

11. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Indeed, Intel is an awesome company. However, I am not so sure it is good for us as consumers to have them dominate both PCs and mobile markets. Only time shall tell.

2. MeoCao unregistered

ARM is dominating mobile at the moment and that's not good, hopefully Intel will provide healthy competition and push the industry forward. I don't think shrinking the die alone can help Intel, they really need some big breakthrough with low power chip design. I heard about Intel's 3D transistors but don't understand why Intel does not use it for Atom or there is something that I don't know?

3. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Its just annual upgrade nothing new :( Hope Intel strikes back soon with best SOC

4. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

I know intel is one of the best processor maker in performance.. But i'm not sure if intel can winning this platform Mobile need more batery friendly Just focus on perform intel, so don't so serious on this

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Can't see that this can compete with A50, given that A15 destroys Medfield in every respect, including power efficiency.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Intel is a powerful company and they like Microsoft know smart phones and tablet computers are what people now want to use. they will succeed and make CPU's they need to be competitive in the tablet and smart phone market place

7. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'm not so sure they realize phone/tablets are the future. Intel wasted time with netbooks. & Now they keep saying ultrabooks are the future.Arm is not standing still. By the time 22nm bay trail is released in 2014. There will be a new generation of Smaller, more powerful arm chips out.

8. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It will be released by 2013 not 2014. 2014 will be a 14nm Airmont processor.

12. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i want for mobile too!! would love to see this one happen!! but still happy for tablet space!!! a real tablet PC with real power! :)

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