Intel Introduces Silvermont Low-Power Micro-Architecture for Next-Gen Atom Processors

Intel Silvermont to Deliver Three Times Higher Performance Than Today’s Atom Chips

by Anton Shilov
05/06/2013 | 04:08 PM

Intel Corp. today took the wraps off its brand new, low-power, high-performance microarchitecture named Silvermont. Silvermont microarchitecture delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel Atom processor core. Silvermont will be the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products targeted at tablets, smartphones, micros-ervers, network infrastructure, storage and other market segments.

 

"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments. Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including "Bay Trail" and "Avoton" is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer.

Silvermont: Next-Generation Microarchitecture

Silvermont will serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products expected in market later this year. The performance-per-watt improvements with the new microarchitecture will enable a significant difference in performance and responsiveness for the compute devices built around these products. Intel's Silvermont microarchitecture was designed and co-optimized with Intel's 22nm SoC process with tri-gate transistors. By taking advantage of this industry-leading technology, Intel is able to provide a significant performance increase and improved energy efficiency.

Highlights of the Silvermont microarchitecture include:

"Through our design and process technology co-optimization we exceeded our goals for Silvermont. By taking advantage of our strengths in microarchitecture development and leading-edge process technology, we delivered a technology package that enables significantly improved performance and power efficiency – all while delivering higher frequencies. We're proud of this accomplishment and believe that Silvermont will offer a strong and flexible foundation for a range of new, low-power Intel SoCs," said Belli Kuttanna, Intel Fellow and chief architect.

Architecting Across a Spectrum of Computing

Intel's quad-core "Bay Trail" SoC is scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets and will more than double the compute performance capability of Intel's current-generation tablet offering. Due to the flexibility of Silvermont, variants of the "Bay Trail" platform will also be used in market segments including entry laptop and desktop computers in innovative form factors.

Intel's "Merrifield" is scheduled to ship to customers by the end of this year. It will enable increased performance and battery life over current-generation products1 and brings support for context aware and personal services, ultra-fast connections for Web streaming, and increased data, device and privacy protection.

Intel's "Avoton" will enable industry-leading energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for micro-servers, storage and scale out workloads in the data center. "Avoton" is Intel's second-generation Intel Atom processor SoC to provide full server product capability that customers require including 64-bit, integrated fabric, error code correction, Intel virtualization technologies and software compatibility. "Rangeley" is aimed at the network and communication infrastructure, specifically for entry-level to mid-range routers, switches and security appliances. Both products are scheduled for the second half of this year.