Intel Introduces Atom Silvermount Mobile Processor

A new mobile processor is about to make its way into the market from Intel which promises to provide up to three times the performance and five times the power efficiency of today’s Atom processor. The company announced this Monday its low-power processor codenamed Silvermount which uses a 22 nanometer process combined with the company’s Tri-Gate transistor technology. This technology which is available in the company’s chips for laptops and desktops will first come to mobile processors via Silvermount.

This new processor is planned to be used in smartphones and tablets where system efficiency is important to have a better battery life. This upcoming processor is able to address this concern mainly due to its Tri-Gate technology. This technology which was first used in 2011 essentially allows the company to create smaller and faster processors that require low power and has a low power leakage.

Some of the key benefits of this processor are

  • It uses an out-of-order execution engine that allows best-in-class, single-threaded performance
  • It uses a new multi-core system that is scalable up to eight cores. This allows for greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support. This makes the system more balanced and responsive.
  • The new AI instructions and technology brings enhanced performance, security management, and virtualization supporting a wide range of products.
  • Enhanced power management capabilities.

According to Bill Kuttanna, an Intel Fellow, tablets that will be using the Silvermount processor performs twice as fast on a single thread compared to the current Atom processor codenamed Saltwell. It also uses up to 4.7 times less power than current Atom chips.

In the press briefing Rani Borkar, VP General Manager Intel Architecture Development Group A, explained that the company will be refreshing the Silvermount architecture annually. She also gave the target dates of the first generation processors.

  • Bay Trail: A low-power, quad-core SoC designed for tablets that will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. Intel also expects manufacturers to tap Bay Trail for “entry laptop and desktop computers in innovative form factors.”
  • Avoton: Designed for microservers. Available in the second half of 2013.
  • Rangeley: Designed for infrastructure devices, such as routers, switches, and security appliances. Also available in the second half of 2013.
  • Merrifield: A next-generation smartphone chip that Intel plans to ship by the end of 2013 for products hitting the market in the first quarter of 2014.

via computerworld

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