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Intel's Bay Trail-T Atom processor for tablets

Posted: 07 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:22nm tri-gate transistor  Bay Trail-T  Atom processor  Silvermont architecture 

Intel Corp. has revealed details about the upcoming Atom processor-based SoC for tablets that will be released to the market for the holidays this year. Hermann Eul, general manager of Intel's mobile and communications group, showcased the "Bay Trail-T", a next-generation 22nm Intel technology based on the new Silvermont microarchitecture that is specific for tablets and ultra-mobile devices. The device will enable sleek designs with 8 or more hours of battery life and weeks of standby, as well as support Android and Windows 8.1, Intel said.

Eul also spoke about recent momentum and announcements around the smartphone business and demonstrated the Intel XMM 7160 multi-mode 4G LTE solution, now in final interoperability testing (IOT) with Tier 1 service providers across North America, Europe, and Asia.

"The mobile category is undergoing a tremendous amount of innovation and constant change," said Eul. "As we look at growing it, we continue to invest in and accelerate our efforts across all aspects of mobility with a focus on smartphones, tablets and wireless communications. Intel's unique assets will enable more compelling and differentiated products and experiences, while at the same time helping to shape and lead markets in the future."

Bay Trail-T for tablets and 2-in-1s
Building on the progress of the Intel Atom processor Z2760, the new products will deliver efficient, quad core processing that doubles the performance over the previous generation, according to Eul.

Bay Trail provides the best balance of performance, features and battery life, he added. Taking full advantage of the broad spectrum of capabilities enabled by Intel's design, microarchitecture, 22nm tri-gate transistor technology, and leading-edge manufacturing, Intel can quickly scale up and down in performance and power efficiency to address various market and product needs. With the new 22nm Silvermont architecture, Intel believes it delivers industry-leading performance with fewer cores, allowing Intel platforms to bring to life incremental features and capabilities.

Eul discussed Intel's focus on enabling a richer media and content experience by improving graphics performance. He then highlighted the tablet platform's new Gen 7 graphics that will offer more than three times the graphics capabilities1, with support for DX11 for expanded PC application and game support.

The new Intel Atom processor-based platform comes equipped with hardware-based security with McAfee Live Safe. This digital life protection suite keeps online identity private, protects from phishing attacks and keeps data secure while protecting the devices.

Intel's next-generation Atom processor for tablets will provide the benefits of both performance and productivity. Any task performed on a tablet or 2-in-1 device, from light photo editing to office productivity, becomes much faster and more interactive. People will see increased capability and richer content and will be able to play popular 3-D games on these sleek, battery-efficient devices than previously possible.

Bay Trail also represents the first time Intel is offering its customers a mobile platform solution that is flexible with regard to operating system and the company will provide the same great Intel tablet performance and high-resolution graphics at cost savings to consumers.

Enabling mobile devices with Intel Inside
Intel platform and enabling programmes have been the foundation of OEM and ODM innovation for decades. Eul said the company is currently focused on work with leading ODMs and OEMs to speed time-to-market of leading-edge mobile devices based on Intel technology.

Intel's platform and ecosystem enabling efforts will be focused initially on Intel Atom processor-based tablets running Android and Windows. The company is providing pre-qualified solutions with simplified building blocks to scale designs quickly for mature and emerging markets.

Eul said that the Taiwanese ecosystem is vital to this effort and will bring speed, scale and exciting new innovation.

Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE)
Intel's strategy is to deliver leading low-power, global modem solutions that work across multiple bands, regions and devices.

Intel's XMM 7160 claims to be one of the world's smallest and lowest-power multi-mode-multi-band LTE solutions. The modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, and also includes a highly configurable RF architecture running real-time algorithms for envelope tracking and antenna tuning that enables cost-efficient multi-band configurations, extended battery life and global LTE roaming in a single SKU.

Eul demonstrated the solution by showcasing a Bay Trail-based tablet over an LTE network connection, and said that Intel will begin shipments of multi-mode data 4G LTE in the coming weeks following final IOT with Tier 1 service providers in North America, Europe and Asia.





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