CES 2013: Intel announces new smartphone and tablet platforms

Intel has unveiled a new platform for mobile devices, the Intel Atom Z2420, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The processor, codenamed Lexington, is supposed to reach speeds of up to 1.2Ghz with Hyper Threading technology.

The platform also includes the Intel XMM 6265 HSPA+ modem that offers dual Sim/dual standby capability for cost-conscious consumers. Lexington also supports up to two cameras delivering advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows people to capture seven pictures in less than a second in 5-megapixel quality. 

More features of the Intel Atom Z2420 include support for FM radio, microSD card slot and Intel's own Wireless Display technology. Acer, Lava and Safaricom have already lined up to incorporate the Atom Z2420 in their new products. Dates of release and pricing information will be announced later by the manufacturers themselves.

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Another processor named Intel Atom Z2580 was also announced. Formerly called Clover Trail+, the Z2580 is targeted at performance and mainstream smartphones. The platform includes a dual core Atom processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, and also features a dual-core graphics engine. He said the new platform will deliver up to two times the performance benefits over Intel's current-generation solution (Intel Atom processor Z2460 platform), while also offering competitive power and battery life.

The next-generation 22nm Atom SoC revealed for tablets, codenamed 'Bay Trail', is already booting and scheduled to be available for holiday 2013. The first quad-core Atom SoC, says Intel, will be the most powerful Atom processor to date, delivering more than two times the computing performance of Intel's current generation tablet offering. It will also include new improved integrated security offerings. These improvements will enable new experiences for business and personal use in devices as thin as 8 mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby, all at lower prices.

Intel is also bringing the low-power line of processors into its existing 3rd generation Intel Core processor family. Available now, these chips will operate as low as 7 watts, allowing manufacturers greater flexibility in thinner, lighter convertible designs.

Kirk Skaugen, Vice President and General Manager–PC Client Group, Intel, disclosed that new systems that incorporate 4th generation Intel Core processor are expected to deliver up to 9 hours of continuous battery life, freeing people from some of the wires and bulky power bricks typically toted around.

"The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," Skaugen said. "We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls."