Intel Expects New-Generation Atom System-on-Chips to Enable $200 Convertibles and Tablets

Low-Cost Tablets and Convertibles to Substitute Netbooks

by Anton Shilov
04/17/2013 | 08:39 PM

Although netbooks have generally extinct, the necessity for low-cost computing devices will hardly ever end. Moreover, in order to sustain market growth numerous companies will need to address yet untouched markets. Intel Corp. has so far failed to become a viable competitor for ARM and its partners in the tablet space. In order to significantly boost its presence there, Intel wants to enable low-cost convertibles and tablets.


“If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin and light using non-Core processors, [the] prices are going to be down to as low as $200 probably,” said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, during a conference call with financial analysts.

Intel currently pins a lot of hopes on Silvermont micro-architecture that will power future-generations of Atom system-on-chips. The first breed of design to utilize Silvermont are ValleyView-family of microprocessors which will be made using 22nm process technology and which will feature up to eight (or even more in case of micro-server designs) cores as well as Intel’s seventh-generation integrated graphics core. Consumer platforms based on ValleyView are code-named Bay Trail and will address various client devices.

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.

Scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets based on Microsoft Windows or Googl Android operating systems, Bay Trail will help enable new experiences and designs as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby. As it appears, at least some of those tablets or convertibles will cost around $200, which will be a huge trump for Intel.