Intel’s latest roadmap concerning the company’s mobile plans is known to include a Bay Trail processor set to debut inside tablets by the end of this year, a Merrifield platform for smartphones, likely also coming in 2013, plus a very secretive chip that’s allegedly being prepped for an early 2014 launch.
Virtually nothing was known about this last CPU until a few hours ago, when a little device known as “Baylake” was spotted in AnTuTu and NenaMark 2’s databases. Though it’s probably too early to jump to conclusions, we’re pretty sure this is some sort of a reference design built on Intel’s next-gen SoC, meaning “Baylake” could be the codename of Bay Trail’s follow-up.
At the same time, I wouldn’t rule out Baylake being Merrifield’s successor or, even better, a processor capable of powering both smartphones and tablets. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like this thing will be targeted at the high-end markets.
For one thing, the AnTuTu benchmark shows it clocked at 1.4 GHz, while in NenaMark 2 it’s listed at 1.1 GHz. Second, the gadget’s display resolution is both weird and not awfully promising – 961 x 768 pixels. As far as actual benchmark scores go, these are not too bad, but they’re hardly record-breaking.
The Baylake reached an AnTuTu result of 32,671 points, which is about as high as Nvidia Tegra 4 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chips can go. But, and this is a big but, the Bay Trail, which once again we think will come out before this, has been seen scoring over 43,000 points with a 1.1 GHz clock speed and close to 50,000 when clocked at 1.4 GHz. Hence, Baylake will probably be a low-cost, mid-end SoC.
Then again, the GPU that’s to be paired with Baylake is most definitely the same that accompanies Bay Trail. The 49.65 fps score in NenaMark 2 proves that beyond the shadow of a doubt, being an almost identical result to that of the “byt_t_ffrd10”.
Remember, for the first time ever Intel will not use a PowerVR GPU for one of its mobile chips, but instead a homebrewed HD Graphics solution somewhat similar to those coupled with Haswell processors. Sounds pretty exciting, even if the NenaMark 2 scores are kind of mediocre.
For now, that and the fact it seems to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is all we can say about this alleged Intel Baylake-powered prototype. Enough to pique your interest? Surely enough to make you at least curious, right?