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It looks like the first tablets based on Intel Corp.’s next-generation Atom system-on-chips based on Silvermont micro-architecture may arrive a little earlier than expected. According to a document from Intel, the new Atom Z-series chips that belong to “Bay Trail-T” platform will be formally introduced in late August or early September.

Intel will officially launch Atom processor Z-series for Bay Trail-T platforms designed for tablets between August 28, 2013, and September 13, 2013, according to an excerpt from an Intel document published by Chinese version of VR-Zone web-site. It is unclear when the chip giant plans to introduce other members of the Bay Trail family, which includes solutions for notebooks, desktops and industrial applications.

Intel will offer three versions of Bay Trail platforms based on different versions of ValleyView system-on-chips: 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 and industrial solutions based on Valleyview.

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.

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:

  • A new out-of-order execution engine enables best-in-class, single-threaded performance.
  • A new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system.
  • New IA instructions and technologies bringing enhanced performance, virtualization and security management capabilities to support a wide range of products. These instructions build on Intel's existing support for 64-bit and the breadth of the IA software installed base.
  • Enhanced power management capabilities including a new intelligent burst technology, low- power C states and a wider dynamic range of operation taking advantage of Intel's 3D transistors. Intel Burst technology 2.0 support for single- and multi-core offers great responsiveness scaled for power efficiency.

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

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I am using Nexus 7. There are plenty of great website that use flash that Chrome cannot open. For example hikearizona.com.

Just give me a tablet that I can dual boot Window and Android.
1 1 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 07/05/13 09:41:00 AM]
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Yes, it looks very promising, for Intel. There's nothing preventing a dual boot tablet. It's just a matter of software, and licensing. And the Bay Trail SoC should have more than enough performance to actually run flash.
0 0 [Posted by: MJD  | Date: 07/15/13 11:22:37 AM]
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Still chasing the tablet market which has and is shouting loud and clear that the x86 O/S with an inflated price tag for the O/S is not sale-able and is failing. Some 3rd party must be subsidizing this development as it hardly seems to make commercial sense otherwise. The market has spoken loud and clear it likes the ARM system not the x86 system O/S's.
0 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 07/06/13 03:49:34 PM]
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The market does not really care which processor. They just want lowest price, higher feature set, and best user experience The consumer always demand something back for their money. People don't upgrade their device unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

Dual OS boot is the new added-value feature. People have ultimate freedom to use existing Window software/flash while taping into rich Android eco-system. I want one.
0 0 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 07/07/13 09:40:03 PM]
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Bay Trail-D will be the first intel chip that actually interests me since conroe was released, will it become the default low power platform for HTPC use ????, I am looking forward to comparing it against AMD A series, E series and intel i3
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 07/07/13 02:20:23 AM]
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