Shunal DokeSep 12, 2013 15:25:53 IST
Intel has launched its new low-power mobile SoCs in the Bay Trail series. The SoCs will be powering many upcoming devices, including Dell’s new attempt at reviving the Venue brand. Other hardware partners building with the SoC include AAVA, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba.
The Bay Trail family of processors is based on Intel's low-power, high-performance microarchitecture Silvermont, which was announced back in May 2013. The Intel Atom Z3000 Processor Series (Bay Trail-T) is the company's first mobile multi-core SoC, and Intel claims that it is its most powerful mobile chip yet.
The flexibility of the new microarchitecture allows for variants of the SoC to serve multiple market segments, including new Intel Pentium and Celeron processors (Bay Trail-M and -D) for entry-level 2-in-1 PCs, laptops, desktops and all-in-one systems. Bay Trail SoCs provide options by enabling one hardware configuration that supports both Windows 8 and Android, ultimately offering the consumer a broader choice.
Intel claims that the Bay Trail chips are a major improvement over earlier ones
Intel claims that its Atom Z3000 processor series delivers the best performance of the bunch along with all-day battery life. It is the highest-end chip in the new Bay Trail line-up. It offers a smaller footprint and lower power usage while also enabling double the compute performance and triple the graphics performance compared to the previous-generation Intel Atom processor. Intel claims that the low-power SoC platform enables over 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby.
The Intel Atom Z3000 Processor series also includes Intel Burst Technology 2.0 with four cores, four threads and a 2MB L2 cache. This performance allows users to multi-task, consume and create content. People will also have a choice of form factors between tablets and 2-in-1s, with thin-and-light devices ranging from 8mm in size to 1 pound in weight, and screen sizes ranging from 7-11.6-inches. Tablets based on this latest Intel Atom SoC will be available at prices starting at $199 (Rs 12,636 approx).
The chip comes with robust security features, including McAfee DeepSAFE Technology, AES hardware full disk encryption, Intel Platform Trust Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology and Intel Data Protection Technology. It also supports Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Domain Join and Group Policy, and delivers full application and peripheral compatibility. Intel has been working with application developers to ensure optimisation for Intel architecture platforms on both Windows and Android. Work with Cyberlink, Skype-HD and Netflix-HD, PhiSix, Arcsoft, Tieto, Gameloft, and many line of business apps are a few examples where Intel has focused on optimising imaging, graphics, and overall performance
The chipmaker also said that it will introduce 64-bit support for tablets in early 2014. Devices built on this version of the SoC will offer enterprise-class applications and security, and with Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT) with PKI, will not require a VPN password when used with systems optimised for IPT and PKI.
The Bay Trail M line will be available in four SKUs: Intel Pentium N3510 and Intel Celeron N2910, N2810 and N2805 processors. This series will power a number of 2-in-1 devices in addition to notebooks enabled with touch capabilities. With the microarchitecture flexibility and graphics improvements across all of the Bay Trail SKUs, the Pentium N3000 Processor and Celeron N2000 Processor series also boast three times faster performance in productivity applications and up to three times improvement in graphics compared to 3-year-old Intel-based value notebooks. Designs powered by these processors can be fanless, can measure less than 11 mm in terms of thickness and weigh just 2.2 pounds. Intel expects the systems to start at $199 (Rs 12,636 approx) for a clamshell device, $250 (Rs 15,875 approx) for a notebook with touch and $349 (Rs 22,161 approx) for a 2-in-1.
The Bay Trail D line will be available in three SKUs: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850 and Intel Celeron J1750. These offerings are Intel's smallest-ever packages for desktop processors. Intel is essentially marketing them as ideal for fanless and smaller form factor systems for entry level desktop computing. It boasts of up to three times faster performance and up to 10 times better graphics than similar products from Intel just three years ago. Full systems based on these SKUs are expected to start at $199 (Rs 12,636 approx).
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