Intel unveils new Quad-core chip with built-in LTE


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The past week has seen new products and devices introduced into the world market.especially at Computex 2013. New smartphones which will usher in a new generation of devices which will be required to be of a certain threshold (think LTE,4G compatibility,NFC). Top of the range phones will be more or less having these features ,for without they may just lag behind.

Thats where chip-makers come in. Already Qualcomm, ARMMediaTek and now Intel have revealed their arsenal which will be used in devices in the next few months. Enter Intel, its introduced probably the first major upgrade to its Atom line of mobile chipsets with the Bay Trail-T SoC. This means a new micro architecture and intel’s new LTE modem. The new microarchitecture has been christened Silvermont and it is built on a 22nm process, this is in tandem with Intel’s new Haswell chips. Were talking upto 8 cores here, but the first chips will be a quad-core ones.

It promises 3x times performance increases or 5x times energy savings over the current atoms, depending on the devices needs. In addition to all this,LTE connectivity support comes built-in (Intel XMM 7160 multimode-multiband LTE) The chip will have support for 4K video decoding and promises great performance for 3D games. So the Bay trail chips will be used in tablets (both Android and Windows 8.1) plus 2 in 1 tablets that will launch during the holiday season at around $400 entry-level laptops and desktops.

Intel has a mobile solution target of 8+ hours of battery life on a 30Wh battery and a 10.1″ screen. This is measured by playing a 1080p @ 30 fps video. About the LTE modem in the chips, the new XMM 7160 modem will be built into some of the Bay Trail chipsets. This somehow makes the playing field almost even for all the chip makers especially with Qualcomm, who’ve been quite dominant with their Snapdragon line.