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Intel Corp. is working on a brand new micro-architecture for its Atom system-on-chip (SoC) devices for various low-power electronics. The first new chip to utilize the new micro-architecture is code-named Silvermont, which will emerge in 2013 and will be made using 22nm/tri-gate process technology.

The new micro-architecture for ultra low-power designs is projected to be completely different from current Atom-based solutions. Coupled with Intel's 22nm fabrication process with tri-gate transistors, Silvermont is "expected to enable new levels of integration and performance and make major strides in power efficiency", reports Cnet News web-site.

No actual Silvermont product details are available at this point, but it is believed that the Silvermont architecture will be designed specifically to take advantage the 22nm technology with tri-gate transistors.

Intel's next-generation Atom code-named Cedarview, which is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2011, will be a significant update of the Atom family since early 2008. But Silvermont will not only feature new micro-architecture, which automatically means new performance levels or additional power efficiency, but will open new doors for Intel thanks to the new 22nm/tri-gate process technology.

According to Intel itself, the 22nm process technology with tri-gate transistors provide up to 37% performance increase at low voltage versus Intel's 32nm planar transistors, and over 50% reduction of power consumption with similar performance. Some analysts further estimate that 22nm/tri-gate process tech provides performance/watt advantage of 10%-20% for power optimized chips versus a planar 22nm process. Many believe that with 22nm/tri-gate fabrication process Intel will be able to compete against ARM-based SoCs on the field of smartphones.

Intel did not comment on the news-story, but the company is likely to reveal more details concerning its roadmap in general and Atom SoCs in particular at a meeting with financial analysts later this month.

Tags: Intel, Silvermont, 22nm

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Latest comment: 05/13/11 04:25:42 AM

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They should just skip this Atom gen and produce CLUV SB's.

With Brazos around, I can't think of a good reason to get an Atom...

If they don't do something really smart like the C2D arch, it's gonna keep sucking.

Cheers!
0 0 [Posted by: YukaKun  | Date: 05/12/11 07:49:08 PM]
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C'mon... Atom is here since 2008, it's 3years untouched, only with small updates. With 22nm it could be a faster clocked cpu and still consuming 10w or 18w or something.

This new arch that will only come out 5(!) years after the original design must be good, because at that time Brazos will be 2 years old
0 0 [Posted by: V3ctor  | Date: 05/13/11 04:25:42 AM]
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