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  • ideal_invst ideal_invst Apr 6, 2012 1:05 PM Flag

    Atom Z2580 to be the first CPU manufactured on Intel’s new 14nm technology

    Not very clear from the article if they meant that the Z2580 will be "the first ATOM built on 14nm technology" or the very "first CPU (SoC) on 14nm technology".

    The title and the article imply the latter, but I doubt whether Intel will manufacture the lower-priced Atoms ahead of Core/Xeon on a leading-edge 14nm technology. Still, if Intel does a 180 and comes out with Atom first on 14nm due to competitive and LTE-power consumption reasons, it will be another huge blow to ARM.

    We'll see what happens.

    Atom Z2580 to be the first CPU manufactured on Intel’s new 14nm technology

    We were fully aware about Intel has plans to release a smartphone/tablet processor built on the 14nm manufacturing process at some point before 2014. But when the official announcement was made (back in February at the Mobile World Congress 2012 when Intel revealed their Smartphone Platform Roadmap) there was no indication regarding the other CPUs Intel plans to manufacture using the new technology. In this context, today I’m reporting on a very interesting rumor that has recently surfaced at SemiWiki, claiming that the LTE-enabled Intel Atom Z2580 will be the first CPU Intel manufactured using the 14nm technology.

    With sales of smartphones recently surpassing PC sales, it only makes sense for Intel to be more and more interested into providing the best CPU chips for smartphones and tablets. Their most recent effort, the Medfield chip, seems to be able to keep up performance-wise with current ARM architectures, but is generally believed to be lacking in the performance per watt ratio. This is exactly where Intel’s 14nm tri-gate manufacturing process comes in, as the new tech is expected to bring significant improvements to the power consumption rates in the upcoming Intel Atom Z2580. As the processor will use less battery, the latter will be able to properly fuel up the LTE radio. In other words, the Intel Atom Z2580 might be the first LTE-enabled chip that won’t showcase a monstrous thirst for battery juice.

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