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  • sujit_98 sujit_98 May 7, 2013 12:39 PM Flag

    Intel Brings Silvermont to Mobile Competition vs. ARM

    Intel Brings Silvermont to Mobile Competition vs. ARM


    By Jeffrey Burt | Posted 2013-05-06 Email Print

    Intel officials argue that the performance and power-saving innovations in upcoming Atom SoCs will outpace anything ARM can offer.

    Intel officials, five years after introducing the first low-power Atom chips, are finally bringing a new microarchitecture to the platform, a move they say will introduce performance and power consumption advantages that will significantly exceed anything ARM and its partners can offer.
    Now they just have to see if the upcoming systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) with the new “Silvermont” microarchitecture will be enough to convince device makers and consumers to embrace the idea of Intel inside their tablets and smartphones.

    “We’re breaking the myth that ARM can do things that Intel cannot,” Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president, general manager of the Intel Architecture Group, and Intel’s chief product officer, said during a May 6 Webcast introducing Silvermont.

    Silvermont will be an architecture that will be found in Intel chips that power everything from servers to PCs to embedded systems, but it’s the low-power and mobile spaces—in particular, smartphones, tablets and microservers, where the chip maker will compete most directly with ARM—where the architecture will succeed or fail.
    Intel for several years has been pushing its Atom platform—and to a lesser extent, its Core processors—as the technology that will take the company into the booming mobile space. The bulk of the smartphones and tablets on the market today are powered by SoCs designed by ARM specifically for mobile devices and built by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia. Intel has been trying to drive down the power consumption of its x86-based Atom chips to compete with ARM, and doing so with the original “Bonnell” microarchitecture.
    That will change later this year and early next, when devices powered by the upcoming 22-nanometer “Bay Trail” Atom SoCs for

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