Intel Corp. has slightly changed its Atom roadmap, according to newly released information that cites sources among hardware manufacturers. The company plans to broaden lineup of Atom offerings in order to address different market segments. As a result, next year the company will offer two different Atom product families based on two different micro-architectures and with different generations of graphics processors.
In a bid to address different types of tablets, Intel intends to release code-named Cherry Trail system-on-chips featuring Airmont general-purpose x86 cores as well as eight-generation graphics core in Q3 2014 and Willow Trail SoCs powered by Goldmont micro-architecture as well as ninth-generation graphics engine in Q4 2014, according to DigiTimes web-site. Both Cherry Trail and Willow Trail will be made using 14nm process technology. The new SoCs are expected to support both Google Android and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Previously, it was generally expected that in 2014 the world’s largest chipmaker would release Atom system-on-chips based on Airmont x86 micro-architecture with eight-generation graphics engine. Apparently, the company decided to accelerate its roadmap and pull-in Goldmont micro-architecture into 2014.
Intel’s roadmap concerning application processors for smartphones seems to be a little less aggressive than the tablet plans. According to market rumours, Intel’s new Merrifield (22nm) system-on-chips is due in late 2013, whereas Moorefield SoC (22nm) is due in the first half of 2014. The first smartphone app processor from Intel to be made using 14nm process technology is called Morganfield and is due in Q1 2015.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
Tags: Intel, Atom, Cherry Trail, Airmont, Willow Trail, Goldmont, Merrifield, Moorefield, Morganfield, x86, Android, Google
Comments currently: 17
Discussion started: 08/23/13 02:42:11 AM
Latest comment: 08/26/13 05:49:42 AM
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Intel's getting desperate against AMD Jaguar cores. How much money will Intel bribe Dell and HP to close down AMD's opportunity?
08/23/13 02:42:11 AM]
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Remember that, during the Pentium 4 days, DELL was the single large computer manufacturer to remain an Intel exclusive partner.
This caused DELL to lose market share and it hurt the company's profits so much that it would have made a loss. Intel then transferred DELL a series of CPU price rebates and a huge marketing kickback and this way DELL was barely in the green.
Anyway, this strategy was a very successful one for Intel as AMD had the absolute performance advantage for 7 consecutive years : from 1999 to 2006.
Amazingly enough, AMD has never managed to capture more than 24% of the x86 CPU market share despite having solutions that were clearly superior to Intel products.
So yes, AMD Jaguar has a very slim chance in the face of the new Atom along with Intel's influence, marketing funds and bribes.
08/23/13 04:45:43 AM]
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08/23/13 10:11:26 AM]
8th generation graphics engine?
08/23/13 11:34:10 AM]
Who will buy these chips ? Any other potential buyer than Microsoft ? Apple and samsung making their own chips iirc ,big part of the market outside apple/samsung is price-conscious and there is no place for intel there i think .
I am not sure how long microsoft will keep making surface tablets also , even microsoft may not be a potential buyer .
08/24/13 05:18:10 AM]
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there are more than 80 Phone Manufacture in the world anyone of them are potential customer.
Samsung has a product using Intels Atom Processor
08/24/13 06:00:32 AM]
May be there are 80 phone producers but article says these chips for tablets ( not phones ).
?ntel need to find tablet makers with high sale numbers + must offer competitive prices something intel does not like / do . Price per unit alone may kill these chips
08/24/13 10:35:24 AM]
most of then develop phone and tables. its generalize, surely it will take time to post those 80 manufacturer.
08/26/13 05:49:42 AM]
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