Intel Unveils Atom System-on-Chip for Tablets

Intel Enters Market of Chips for Tablets with New Atom SoCs

by Anton Shilov
04/11/2011 | 02:45 PM

Intel Corp. on Monday said that it had started sales of Atom-based system-on-chip (SoC) for tablets formerly code-named "Oak Trail". Over 35 innovative tablet and hybrid designs from various companies running a variety of operating systems will be available this year starting from May.


Intel Atom Z670 is made using 45nm process technology, has one x86 processing core with Hyper-Threading technology and operates at 1.50GHz. The code-named Lincroft chip also integrates Intel GMA 600 graphics core (OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1, OpenVG 1.1, 400MHz), 32-bit LPDDR1/DDR2 memory controller and video encode/decode logic. It is paired with SM35 platform controller hub (PCB) code-named Whitney Point that enables support of Microsoft Windows operating system. The Atom Z670 costs $75 in 1000-unit quantities.

The new Intel Atom processor Z670, part of the "Oak Trail" platform, delivers improved video playback, fast Internet browsing and longer battery life, without sacrificing performance. The rich media experience available with "Oak Trail" includes support for 1080p video decode, as well as HDMI. The platform also supports Adobe Flash

Intel Atom processor Z670 allows applications to run on various operating systems, including Google Android, MeeGo and Windows.  

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The processor is 60% smaller than previous generations with a lower-power design for fanless devices as well as up to all-day battery life. Additional features include Intel Enhanced Deeper Sleep that saves more power during periods of inactivity as well as optimized Intel SpeedStep technology.

The platform provides a solution for a range of tablets in retail, medical and industrial applications. Solutions such as mobile clinical assistants allow medical staff to directly input data into patients' electronic files and avoid paper charting. In addition to the Intel Atom Z670, Intel is offering the Intel Atom processor Z650 for embedded devices with 7-year lifecycle support on Windows and MeeGo operating systems.

Over 35 Oak Trail design wins from customers including Evolve III, Fujitsu Limited, Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer and Viliv will be available starting in May and throughout 2011.


Powered by the 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor Z670, this Windows 7 hybrid tablet boasts a display that slides up to reveal a physical keyboard, giving users the option of a multi-touch display or full keyboard.

In addition, at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, the company will give a sneak peak of its next-generation, 32nm Intel Atom platform, currently codenamed "Cedar Trail".

Based on Intel's leading-edge 32nm process technology, the next-generation Cedar Trail platform will feature improvements in graphics capabilities including Blu-ray 2.0 support, a dedicated media engine for full 1080p playback and additional digital display options including HDMI output and DisplayPort. New features will include Intel Wireless Music, Intel Wireless Display, PC Synch and Fast Boot. In addition, the enhancements made in power consumption and TDP will enable fanless designs with longer battery life. Intel is currently sampling "Cedar Trail" to all major OEMs and ODMs. Users can look forward to a new generation of innovative mobile and desktop designs based on the "Cedar Trail" platform in the second half of 2011.