Intel planning 22nm quad-core Atom with DirectX 11 GPU for tablets
Intel’s Atom processor line became popular powering netbooks and nettops. The lower power use, cheap price, and good-enough performance worked for small laptops and web-browsing PCs. More recently Intel has started pushing the Atom as a smartphone and tablet processor using 32nm Cloverview SoC.
Mobile is certainly a key focus going forward for Intel, and 32nm Atom chips are the solution for the near future. However, leaked slides have revealed what Intel has planned for Atom when we reach 2014. Clover Trail and the Cloverview SoC will be replaced with Bay Trail-T and the Valleyview-T SoC for the tablet market, which brings with it a number of improvements. We’ll see Atom chips move from 32nm to 22nm, the clock speed will be increased to 2.1GHz (it will range from 1.6-2.1GHz), and instead of dual core we’ll get quad core processing supported by 2MB L2 cache. Memory support is also being upgraded from DDR2 to DDR3.
Intel believes a Valleyview-T Atom will use half the power of Clover Trail while offering up to a 60% performance gain in terms of pure processing power. We also can’t forget the on-board GPU, which will be upgraded to support DirectX 11 (HD 4000) and boasts a 3x performance gain over Clover Trail’s DirectX 9 GPU.