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

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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54 Comments

1. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

3. yahoo29

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

just think what quad core can do.

13. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Just think what the A57™ would do®

24. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 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

35. abate

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

23. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

28. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

41. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

42. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

43. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

10. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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™

25. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

27. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 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

33. yudi.nemesis unregistered

tegra or cualcomm still better than exynos no matter what version

37. abate

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

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

5. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nice one Intel!!

6. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Go Intel! You can do it!

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

in another years time©

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

So it begins.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

windows Android dual boot FTW!

15. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

9. PeaceB

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Hope Nexus5 goes x86...

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

iNtel® has another year to catch up with ARM™

36. abate

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. gundamexia450

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

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

19. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

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

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