Although Intel Corp. needs new versions of Atom microprocessors on the market as soon as possible, it looks like the new low-power microprocessors made using 22nm process technology are over a year away. According to leaked documents, the first code-named ValleyView chips will only become available in the second half of 2013.
Despite of the fact that Atom "ValleyView" central processing units are several quarters away, they will be rather revolutionary as they will be based on 64-bit code-named Silvermont micro-architecture, support up to quad-core configurations, feature dual-channel DDR3L memory controller with ECC, will feature seventh-generation Intel integrated graphics found in Core i-series 3000-family "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors, will integrate numerous fixed-function accelerators as well as input/output features, greatly improving user experience while making Atom-based solutions thinner and sleeker.
Intel Atom "Valleyview" chips will belong to Bay Trail platform, which will be designed for various market segments and will be configured for different types of devices, from ultra low-power/embedded to low-cost netbooks and nettops. Thanks to integrated PCI Express controller as well as universal platform, Valleyview processors will be used inside many products, including low-power servers, in-vehicle infotainment systems and so on.
The Silvermont micro-architecture seems to be very scalable both in terms of performance and power consumption. Therefore, Intel will be able to more successfully compete against ARM and its partners when it comes to devices that need either performance or long battery life.
Intel did not comment on the news-story as the plans are not public.