It seems like Intel has grown tired of playing catch up with ARM-based processors and decided to beef up its next generation Atom lineup which currently goes by the name of Silvermont.
I think that we can all agree that Intel’s first attempt at the mobile scene wasn’t as spectacular as they might’ve predicted. But even though the firm failed to give ARM-based processors a run for its money with its first lineup of Atom processors, Intel is planning to make a huge comeback which will be spearheaded by Silvermont.
Silvermont will be the franchise’s centerpiece starting on the latter part of this year until 2014. It will be fashioned under the manufacturer’s new 22-nanometer Tri-Gate SoC technology which was patterned from the Ivy Bridge’s implementation. With this, Intel is looking at 3x boost in performance, as well as 5x decrease in power consumption over the current Atom processor.
Other features of Silvermont are as follows:
• 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 3-D transistors. Intel Burst Technology 2.0 support for single- and multi-core offers great responsiveness scaled for power efficiency.
Silvermont will come in various forms that would suit different computing needs. Among these chipsets are Merrifield (smartphone) and Baytrail (tablets) which will be at the core of mobile devices of the future. Baytrail, the quad-core SoC, is said to cater to Windows 8/RT (maybe even Windows Blue) and Android ecosystems and is set to be available before the end of the year. Meanwhile, Merrifield-powered smartphones are expected to make its debut in the first part of next year, probably in time for CES and MWC.