According to leaked roadmaps, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is readying a super-speedy new system-on-a-chip design, based on next-generation Atom cores. Targeted at traditional PCs, as well as smartphones and tablets, it promises some impressive levels of performance.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if the bell tolls for ARM.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Microsoft security FAIL...
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports:
ValleyView [is] based on the Silvermont architecture...part of Intel's Bay Trail platform. ... ValleyView-I will be aimed at industrial and automotive...-D at desktop systems...-T for mobile devices...-M for, believe it or not, netbooks.
[It] will be available in one, two, and four-core variants...in clocks speeds ranging from 1.2GHz to 2.4GHz. ...where [it] will really shine is in the graphics department...featur[ing] Intel's 7th generation graphics engine...offer[ing] a performance increase of between four and seven times...fast enough to handle 1080p...60. MORE
Fuad Abazovic and chums add context:
All this sounds quite nice for an entry level platform. ... Intel introduced the original Atom back in 2008, as a dirt cheap single-core...low end [part]. With quad core...decent clocks and graphics, Valley View could transform Atom into much more. MORE
Volker Rißka first reported the leak in German. Here's your humble blogwatcher's translation:
Each core gets a 512 KB L2 cache. ... The integrated memory controllers can operate in single-or dual-channel mode can address up to 8GB of DDR3L-1333.
Designed as a SoC, it integrates the most important connections. The base config. offers up to four PCIe 2.0 lanes, USB 3.0, SATA, LAN, audio and other options. MORE
Confused? Anand Lal Shimpi is more succinct:
Take up to four 22nm next-generation Atom cores and pair them with [the GPU from] Ivy Bridge and you've got Valleyview.
The combination of new architecture, more cores and higher max clock speeds should yield much better performance. ... [In] a Windows 8 tablet, the performance should be quite good.
The timing on Valleyview and the Bay Trail platform appears to be late 2013 and into 2014. ...the netbook/nettop platform isn't really begging for a faster refresh. What really matters is how quickly [we get] Windows 8 tablets and...smartphone SoCs. Intel's current roadmaps [say] we'll see Silvermont based smartphone SoCs in 2013. ... I am hoping for sooner than Q4...if Intel wants to be taken seriously in the smartphone space. MORE
Meanwhile, Xavier Noria is all about the future:
I think ARM is the crutch acrhitecture [until] x86...shrinks enough to fit in a [phone]. The Post-PC era is really the Post-Big-Honkin-PC-era. These Atom based devices will replace [PCs] and more than likely the current smartphone.
ARM presently only prospers...because x86 was once too power hungry. That will soon not be the case. MORE
Microsoft Security FAIL
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