Intels aims ARM’s turf with Atom Bay Trail Z3000 SoC

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Intel has officially launched its family of Silvermont processors which includes the 22nm Atom Z3000 “Bay Trail” SoCs.

Last week at IDF intel unveiled their latest mobile SoC features a 22nm tri-gate transistors (aka 3D transistors). This new family will introduce both quad-core or dual core models without HyperThreading.

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The interesting thing is that those SoCs allows a one-to-one core to thread mapping with out of order execution. In addition to that they also support up to 4GB system RAM configurations up to speeds of DDR3-1333.

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The integrated graphics core on Bay Trail is an Intel Gen7, a shrunken down derivative of the Ivy Bridge GT2 with only 4 execution units (EUs) each capable of 8 threads for a total of 32 versus 16 on IB, boasting full DX11 compatibility and significantly better performance versus the previous generation which used PowerVR GPUs.

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The GPU can dynamically scale frequency and share power between itself and the CPU cores. Minimum GPU frequency on Bay Trail is 311MHz and a max GPU frequency of 667MHz (or 688MHz for the DDR3L SKUs). Hardware accelerated video encode/decode engines are on board here as well and display support for HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and eDP 1.3 is in there, with a max resolution of 2560×1600.

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Intel notes that those SoCs aren’t quite ready for Android, there is still some optimization left to be done at the Dalvik VM level but it’s interesting to note that the raw CPU performance exceeded that of the Snapdragon 600 according to tests conducted by AnandTech.

via Engadget

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