by Anton Shilov
08/21/2013 | 11:54 PM
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.