by Anton Shilov
07/04/2013 | 11:35 PM
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 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: