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.