Intel has become quite active in the mobile and tablet chipset category, since it realizes that is where the future lies. The company outed Clover Trail two years ago and has since been trying to catch up to its ARM competitors. However, not giving up yet, Intel has unveiled new Z3000 Bay Trail chipsets for tablets and hybrids that are based on Silvermont architecture. Using 22nm fabrication process and tri-gate technology, these are Intel’s most powerful SoCs for tablets to date, supporting both Android and Windows 8.
The new family of processors is successor to Clover Trail+ and is based on Intel’s Silvermont architecture. It would still be marketed under the Atom umbrella. Bay Trail-T would find application in tablets and similar devices, while Bay Trail”-M and -D have been designed for entry 2 in 1s, laptops, desktops and all-in-one systems. The last two will also be carrying the Pentium and Celeron branding. Notebooks would feature the Pentium N3000 & Celeron N2000 series, while desktops will carry Pentium J2000 & Celeron J1000 branding. Also, all Pentium SKUs will be quad core, while the Celeron ones would be offered in both dual core and quad core options.
On the tablet side, Intel claims the new family of SoC offer double the CPU performance and three times the GPU performance over its predecessor, while offering over 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby with an always-connected mobile experience. The most powerful of all is the Z3770, with a maximum clock speed of 2.4GHz. The architecture on these SoC is 64 bit, however, the support for 64 bit computing would only be enabled next year. From what Anandtech claims, Intel’s new CPU on Bay Trail is faster than Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4. Although, the SoC fails to lead in the GPU category. Though, that still doesn’t change the fact that it is a huge improvement over Clover Trail.
Intel expects to ship Bay Trail in tablets as low as $199 by the end of this year or early next year. With the improved performance over this year’s Atom based hybrids, we might see Windows RT being put to rest, since tablets running Windows 8 would be able to achieve same battery performance thanks to the improved power efficiency on these new chipsets.
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