It looks like Intel (along with Bay Trail) has finally adopted its Atom processor series as one of the top winners. Information recently released at the Q2 conference tells us that Intel will now establish the Atom as a “mainstay” of its strategy, as opposed to secondary support. Intel will further develop the Atom into a smaller and smaller chip while improving System-on-Chip (SoC) integration of key elements such as graphics, sound and communications devices.
Bay Trail (the codename for the 22nm chip) will consist of a 2.1Ghz Quad Core processor while consuming only half the power as Clover Field (the latest in the series of tick processors tock from Intel).? Intel Xeon processor
Another notable improvement is the fact that the Intel Atom will now consist of a 64-bit Dual Channel DWRAM compared to a 32-bit Dual Channel implementation almost doubling the data capacity and the efficiency of the architecture.
Bay Trail’s SoC, dubbed ‘Valleyview-T SoC’, will feature an advanced Intel Gen7 derivative graphics solution that will be Dx 11 compatible. This will provide an efficient improvement of almost 3x the previous 32nm SoC implementation (Cloverview SoC). It’s interesting how Intel will meet the demands of a DX 11 API infrastructure on a matrix optimized for power saving.
The 22nm array will feature the Silvermont Next Generation Micro architecture, claiming to increase the efficiency of multicore systems, deliver increased performance per watt and top-notch single wire performance. This, along with a new set of AI instructions, is sure to make BayTrail processors an interesting technology.
It’s also speculated that the Intel Atom won’t feature AVX2, as expanding the register to 256-bit will lead to increased power consumption which, while great for Haswell, is not acceptable for Bay Trail.
According to the Q2 conference Bay Trail will be shipped around 2014.