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During its meeting with investors, Intel Corp. demonstrated the world’s first media tablet powered by its Atom processor based on 64-bit Silvermont micro-architecture. The world’s largest chipmaker claims that the 64-bit capability of its latest low-cost/lower-power micro-architecture will bring great performance gains to mobile devices.

“What we are doing with our product roadmap and SoCs is that we drive to lower costs and profitable stages But that is not enough What we really want to do is to take a lot of the innovation and differentiation we are able to do up on the PC and bring that down into tablets,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel.

The world’s largest chipmaker promised to bring a number of breakthrough innovations into the field of ultra-mobile devices at the event. One of such advances is inclusion of 64-bit general-purpose processing capability into current-generation of Intel Atom “Silvermont” cores. According to Intel, 64-bit tech alone could bring up to 40% performance boosts to applications like Adobe Photoshop.

Still, even in current – 32-bit mode – Intel Atom seems to offer more than decent performance compared to other application processors, at least, according to Intel's data.

Performance increases is not the only thing that Intel pursues on the market of tablets and smartphones. The company is working hard to reduce costs and prices and thus address new markets.

“You will see tablets with Intel inside as early as this holiday at price-points below $100. We will expand from upper end - $350 - $400 – down to $100,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel.

Intel’s goal for the year 2014 is to ship whopping 40 million Atom system-on-chips for tablets, a quadruple from the volume that Intel planned to sell in 2013.

Tags: Intel, Atom, x86, Core, Silverman


Comments currently: 17
Discussion started: 11/24/13 10:40:07 PM
Latest comment: 12/02/13 07:43:52 AM
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"Silvermont", not "Silverman"!
3 0 [Posted by: rpgurd  | Date: 11/24/13 10:40:07 PM]

Woow Intel kicks off Atoms with ARM features? HW virtualized ARM?

Or did those sickos Intel and Google bet for each other?

It's really nice to see how tech could actually work out for itself when its properly lubed by embezzled wealth.
0 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 11/25/13 02:31:57 AM]

Isn't android 32 bit os?
32bit software/apps might not see much performance improvements on 64 bit processor.
0 1 [Posted by: pavan.munich  | Date: 11/25/13 03:36:54 AM]
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32 bit applications wont see any improvement.
It's only applications designed to take advantage of 64 bit that will see improvement, and that's negligible.
You're better of waiting for more efficient processors to be developed and avoid Atom all together. Just my opinion.
Or you could try to run Photoshop on an Atom Processor....if you have the time.
0 2 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 11/25/13 05:10:41 AM]
I don't know how android is built, but I'm sure Intel will pour resources to optimize the OS for 64-bit. Once the drivers and internal libraries will be optimized, most of the apps will get some boost depending on work done.
Most of todays apks are actually java archives, so I don't think that will change.
1 0 [Posted by: mathew7  | Date: 11/25/13 05:54:02 AM]
Most Android apps are Java and compiled at runtime, so they will automatically become "64 bit apps" when running on a 64 bit CPU. They might not take advantage of the address space (not that any app needs to), but they will take advantage of the architectural improvement of x64, such as extra registers.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 11/25/13 07:16:35 AM]
That depends on if The JVM, running(JIT) the java bytecode, is itself compiled/ported to 64 bit code! Java bytecode does not change, the underlying abstraction layer is what is CPU dependent! Intel appears to be hiring Android Dalvik VM programmers, but how much power usage the x86 hardware/software uses, as well as how far Intel is along with their Android Dalvik port, is anyone's guess!
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 11/26/13 04:09:42 PM]

Krazy Krzanich, please show me battery life graphs to demonstrate the superiority of your product. I thought you wouldn't. So I suppose you're betting on consumers caring only about the low price as you dump these chips on the market for a loss? That's called anti-competitive behaviour. Nothing new there.
3 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/25/13 06:13:49 AM]

According to Intel, 64-bit tech alone could bring up to 40% performance boosts to applications like Adobe Photoshop.

Who runs Photoshop on a tablet? At least on the current crop of tablets.
4 0 [Posted by: sdsdv10  | Date: 11/25/13 10:59:44 AM]
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We run Photochop )
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/25/13 01:20:01 PM]
I said basically the same thing and got two thumbs down.....obviously from some clowns that didn't understand the gist of my post and wanted to be literal.
Thank you Sheldons of the world.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 11/26/13 01:21:16 AM]

More intel PR bullshite, nothing new here and unless they start putting more than 4GB of ram into these tablets then 64bit is pretty pointless...............its just another marketing gimmick to con Mr/Ms/Mrs Average
3 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/26/13 03:06:53 AM]

Intel is again tossing a fresh PR salad with benchmarks optimized for their architecture that absolutely nobody uses, no information on power consumption and abnormal test results.

How reliable is a benchmark that shows Atom Clover trail being almost equal with SnapDragon 800?!Where have these SoCs ever been equal ? In Solitare or MineSweeper ?

And since when is SnapDragon S4 Pro only 30% faster than a Tegra 3 ?

These are skewed abnormal results from irrelevant tests.
1 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 11/26/13 02:16:25 PM]
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Intel is great at tossing salad and fudging on the benchmarks, but Device OEM's are, Once burned twice shy, about being lead around by the nose, by this CPU supplier. OEMs want to do the leading, and licensing ARM IP, and having custom CPUs made and fabricated, to the OEMs exact specifications and under the OEM's complete control is the new reality. I'll wait and see what AMD is going to do with their ARM 64 based HSA APUs, with AMD graphics and hUMA memory! I know that Apple is surely not going with any Intel x86, on their mobile Phone/Tablet offerings. And it is very unlikely the Intel will be able to match the OEM pricing that the companies that build ARM products can offer!
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 11/26/13 04:31:58 PM]

^ Well intel 'might' be able to match the OEM pricing that fab ARM products .........if they didn't have to add 20% on top of their best price to cover all the bribes they make
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/27/13 03:27:27 AM]

This isa bad benchmark software, no gpu, no cpu test... Only image/interface test.. My snapdragon 800 beat 154.
0 0 [Posted by: Jean Droescher  | Date: 12/02/13 07:43:52 AM]


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