At the Intel Developer Forum this week Intel Corp. demonstrated a working 4G/LTE smartphone with its next-generation Atom application processor code-named “Merrifield”, which is made using 22nm process technology and is due next year. Based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, "Merrifield" will deliver increased performance, power-efficiency and battery life over Intel's current-generation offering.
Even though Intel did not share specifications of Atom “Merrifield” system-on-chips, the company claims that the SoC will deliver 50% more performance than the previous Clover Trail+ platform, but will at the same time will enable 50% longer battery life. Among other considerable improvements of Merrifield, Intel noted support for advanced imaging, contextual awareness and personal services via an integrated sensor hub, and increased data, device and privacy protection.
Many smartphones with Atom “Merrifield” inside will also feature Intel XMM 7160 modem, which is one of the world's smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband solutions for global 4G/LTE roaming.
During his IDF keynote, Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, demonstrated a smartphone platform featuring both the Intel XMM 7160 4G/LTE solution and Intel's next-generation Intel Atom SoC for 2014 smartphones and tablets codenamed “Merrifield”. The smartphone was powered by Google Android operating system; the design of the device was similar to other Intel reference handsets.
At present, there are about a dozen of smartphones on the market with various Intel Atom application processors. Intel hopes that as its system-on-chips for ultra-mobile devices improve and the end-user starts to consider Intel chips as an advantage, its presence on the rapidly growing market will improve.