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It has already been revealed both officially and unofficially that Intel Corp.’s next-generation Atom system-on-chip code-named Valleyview will be substantially faster and more capable than chips available today. But according to slides, which resemble those from Intel Corp.’s roadmaps, the Atom “Valleyview” system-on-chip due in late 2013 will be a rather revolutionary product.

In a bid to significantly improve performance of its entry-level offerings, Intel is expected to boost general-purpose x86 performance of quad-core Valleyview chip by up to 50% - 100% compared to currently available Atom solutions. More importantly, Valleyview will integrate seventh-generation Intel graphics core, which is projected to be up to three times faster than existing graphics technology inside Atom chips. In addition, the world’s largest chipmaker intends to integrate various technologies that improve user experience and enhance security into the Bay Trail platform, according to slides published by web-site.

Considering the fact that Atom “Valleyview” chips will operate at 2.70GHz or higher and will feature up to four cores, it is not surprising that the new low-power platform will be 50% - 100% faster than existing one. However, it does not look that Silvermont micro-architecture is substantially more efficient than existing Saltwell micro-architecture despite of the fact that the Silvermont is out-of-order one and is generally believed to be more advanced than all previous Atom micro-architectures.

For the first time in history, highly-integrated Atom system-on-chip will utilize Intel’s own graphics processing technology (current SoCs use PowerVR technology). Thanks to Intel HD Graphics 4000-series graphics core, ValleyView will provide three times higher performance than today’s Atoms for netbooks and nettops.

Intel will offer three versions of Valleyview-based platforms: Bay Trail-T (3W), Bay Trail-M (4W – 6.5W) and Bay Trail-D (12W) for tablets, notebooks, and desktops, respectively. Actual SoCs will come in different form-factors, with different levels of performance and even with some feature-set differences. In addition, there will be server solutions based on Valleyview.

While production of Intel Atom “Valleyview” chips for Bay Trail platform will begin in Q4 2013, it is now clear that they will be released only between February and April, 2014, according to the slides.

Despite of all advantages, when it comes to the PC world, Intel Atom "ValleyView" will be a year late when compared to AMD's code-named Kabini system-on-chip due, according to reports, in Q1 2013.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Atom, Silvermont, ValleyView, 22nm


Comments currently: 10
Discussion started: 01/04/13 02:40:58 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 11:02:52 AM


pretty impressive if this is the case and people might have to stop making all those atom jokes.
1 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/04/13 02:40:58 PM]

The only question left is the prices of those small beasts. The more Intel will ask, the less she will sell.
1 3 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/04/13 09:31:54 PM]

2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/05/13 01:49:47 AM]


If that don't make you buy one what will ???

I want a GFX BURST TECHNOLOGY NOWWWW and not the normal Turbo sh*t
0 2 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 01/05/13 03:00:00 AM]

How can intel graphics cores beat powerVR power efficiency on a gpu 3 times faster than actual products?

I have serious doubts about those numbers.
1 0 [Posted by: Marburg U  | Date: 01/07/13 01:48:33 AM]

Wooow. How OBSOLET FIRSt GEN atoms are that should be a surprise ... i think not It's 2013 and some Atom c-r-a-p from 2008 was only good enough to totally obliterate out VIA Nano no matter that the latter was better. Just not carrying Intels brand make it crap in stupid consumeristic world.

So finally Atoms will offer a little bit of performance improvement over five year old design .... wooow
1 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 01/07/13 09:14:45 AM]

I made the massive mistake of going with a device based on the Intel Atom D2600 cpu and have major problems with getting the video acceleration to work properly with the integrated gma 3600. Intel were meant to release a driver update that fixed the problems but have released a statement to say they wont bother. Even if the hardware is good you can no longer rely on Intel to support it properly, probably because AMD arn't competing. Personally I've put a ten year ban on Intel products after being crapped on.
0 0 [Posted by: Zimanodenea  | Date: 01/08/13 06:26:38 AM]

The ONLY way intel can make atom's performance increases work for low power usage in tablets/smartfones is due to intels lead in their foundry production

When (if) the other players (ARM, AMD, Via etc) can refine foundry production to match intels lead then the atom will become irrelevant again
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/09/13 11:34:29 PM]


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