Intel has announced that it will re-brand its Atom lineup with a new naming scheme, all upcoming Atom SoCs will bear the x3, x5 or x7 moniker. This move will essentially make the naming convention less confusing and at the same time, line up their Atom series with their desktop ‘Intel Core’ counterparts which are branded in a similar fashion (i3 , i5, i7) depending on SKU.
Intel hasn’t revealed any exact model listings but the Atom x3 will provide the most ‘basic’ feature set and will be aimed at cheap entry level smartphones/phablets; we’re likely looking at a low-power/energy efficient SoC which features less cores and fairly limited GPU with a low TDP, all packaged on a relatively small die.
The next package from Intel will be the midrange Atom x5 which Intel quantifies as having ‘more capabilities and features’, this could mean more cores andor a better GPU with more EUs clocked at higher frequencies. Intel will target the high end SoC segment with the high-end Atom x7 which should feature even beefier cores/more GPU EUs or possibly newer x86-64 instructions/Intel extensions just like its desktop cousin.
The next-generation Atom x3, x5 and x7 SoCs are most likely going to be showcased at MWC next week, those chips are most definitely based on the 14nm FinFET Cherry Trail architecture (Intel Family 6 Model 76 Stepping 3) that was previously announced earlier this year.