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So far, tablets based on Intel Atom system-on-chips have not managed to gain popularity on the market mainly due to rather high prices as well as scarce availability. However, this is going to change with Intel Corp.’s next-generation Atom “ValleyView” microprocessors and Bay Trail-T platforms. According to chief executive of Intel, next-gen tablets will cost $150 or even less.

“We believe what [Bay Trail platforms] really does it allows us to get into these markets that we are not in, in a big way today. [There will be] tablets [at] $199 and below, some you are going to see even lower, below $150 and much below that as we go through the holiday season. So, Bay Trail, really first and foremost we believe gives solid performance, solid battery life relative to the competition in price points and markets that were simply not in, in a big way today,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, during quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

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 earlier this month.

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, Atom, ValleyView, Bay Trail, Silvermont, 22nm

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finally we will see x86 vs ARM head to head
intel is targeting emerging markets like china and india by lowering cost.but they have to ensure one thing that price remain same in india and china coz nexus7 selling for 199$ 16gb in US while india it is 260-280$ where it should be less than 199$ coz of lower per capita income than US, thats why nexus7 is not blockbuster in china and india.
finally if intel's powered tablet hit shelf in emerging markets at 150$, surely it will be worst nightmare to ARM. who will buy 100$ ARM A9 tab if intel powered is at 150$.
story will not end here sooner or later AMD will also come with GCN to beat intel and for sure AMD's will be even more cheaper than intel.
Brian Krzanich(intel CEO) u r doing really nice
1 2 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/18/13 05:28:33 AM]
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I can't see AMD being cheaper, but I can see them packing in better value for the same price.
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 07/18/13 08:10:51 PM]
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They will have to use another O/S than Windows to come anywhere near the proposed price. This could be one more crack in the software/hardware battle.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 07/18/13 11:14:49 PM]
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An intel powered 7" tablet @ ~ $150 to $200.........running Android might be feasible but no one will buy if win RT is used, and if W8 is used then @ 200 bucks..............no way
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 07/19/13 12:40:19 AM]
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@alpha0ne

You can't run win rt on an intel powered tablet. WinRT uses arm. Intel is x86.

I don't see a reason why you couldn't buy an intel tablet with android and install Windows8 on it. Unless boot from usb is disabled, but I'm sure there is some hackish trickery to get around that. Especially since there will be win8 support for the soc.

I have an aging laptop that I could strip win8 off of and load it on a tablet. I'm sure many people are in the same boat.
0 0 [Posted by: Nathan Thomas Mentley  | Date: 07/26/13 01:10:25 PM]
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