Intel introduces 22nm Silvermont Atom: The Empire Strikes Back
[And now here comes Haswell...]
Silvermont is part of Intel’s tick-tock cadence. Next comes a big jump to a 14nm fab process with Airmont and another unnamed 14nm processor currently in the pipe.
Silvermont, and Intel’s upcoming 14nm processors, shows the company still has a mobile fight left in it. This should sooth investor’s fears that Intel and x86 might struggle for relevancy in a post-PC world.
Intel’s move down to a 22nm multigate FinFET fab means that Silvermont should perform faster for a lower TDP than its ARM-based competition. FinFET means the chip will feature Intel’s proprietary 3D transistors, which allow the chip to have more transistors per square inch than its competition from the likes of NVIDIA or Qualcomm. Intel is also including out-of-order execution (OoOE) functionality on the chip, which allows for instructions to be processed in a non-linear fashion as soon as data is available rather than in a linear format as found in the program’s code