Intel Eyes Smartphones, Tablets With Low-Power Silvermont Microarchitecture
Intel really let smartphones get away from the company. It failed to turn chiplines that had been popular with Windows Mobile into components we’d see on Android devices, and missed out on a lot of sales in the process. Now, Intel is trying to make up for lost time, and while we still haven’t seen more than a handful of new Intel-powered smartphones, at least it’s back in the game. Now the company’s talking a little about where it’s headed from here, announcing the Intel Silvermont microarchitecture that will be at the heart of future products.
So, what’s so great about Silvermont? Intel plans to fabricate Silvermont-based chips with its 22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing process, and the end results should be chips that both out-perform and use less power than current Atom designs; we’re talking up to triple the performance and power consumption of up to five times less.
Silvermont will be used in Intel’s Bay Trail SoCs, quad-core chips that could be popping up in tablets by the tail-end of 2013; could this be the shot-in-the-arm that Windows 8 tablets need?