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A brief mention of the Atom for 2013

Discussion in 'Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by stmok, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. oclockforlyfe

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    I've read a few articles that say Valleyview's IGP bill be HD 4000.
     
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    Unlikely...That will seriously eat into Valleyview's power budget requirements.

    HD 4000 is something like 11W higher than HD 2500 under full load. This is way too much for Valleyview-D with its planned ~12W TDP target.
     
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    Update on this topic...

    Intel to Formally Announce 'Silvermont' Micro-Architecture
    => http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Silvermont-Bay-Trail-Merrifield-Atom,22364.html

     
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    UPDATE...

    From Chinese source...
    => http://www.expreview.com/26578.html
    [​IMG]

    Bay Trail-I => Embedded
    Bay Trail-M => Notebook
    Bay Trail-D => Value Desktop
    Bay Trail-T => Tablet



    You'll note Pentiums and Celerons there...There is a reason for this!



    Intel Roadmap Outlines LGA to BGA Transition
    => http://www.techpowerup.com/186846/intel-roadmap-outlines-lga-to-bga-transition.html

    Mirrored here for convenience.

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    To elaborate:

    By the end of THIS year; Intel will transition their Value/Budget brands (Celeron and Pentium) as the new nettop and netbook class solutions. Atom brand will take the Embedded, Tablet, and Smartphone markets. All three lines (Atom, Celeron, and Pentium) will be using the same "Bay Trail" implementation. All will use BGA (soldered on mobo). Expect Mini-ITX mobos and small form factor OEM based solutions.
     
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    Update...

    The Bay Trail Preview: Intel Atom Z3770 Tested
    => http://www.anandtech.com/show/7314/intel-baytrail-preview-intel-atom-z3770-tested

    Intel's Atom Z3000 'Bay Trail' SoC revealed
    => http://techreport.com/review/25329/intel-atom-z3000-bay-trail-soc-revealed

    Intel Atom Z3000 Series Review - Bay Trail and Silvermont Arrive
    => http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Proces...Series-Review-Bay-Trail-and-Silvermont-Arrive


    ...Give Intel enough time, and they'll catch up with brute force engineering and manufacturing.

    Pros
    * Intel finally has a decent tablet-oriented processor. (Dramatic improvement over previous Atom iteration).
    * Good Windows 8.x performance. (Starts to challenge low-end, dual-core, Ivy Bridge-based Core i3).
    * Beats ARM processors when Intel-optimised version of Android is used. (Still being optimised as we speak.)
    * Matches AMD's Jaguar-based APU (x86 CPU side), BUT with a LOWER power footprint!
    * Good power consumption improvements. (Expect 8 hour battery life for future Atom-based tablets?)
    * Will be in future variant of Intel NUC platform.

    Cons
    * Uses neutered version of Ivy Bridge's IGP.
    (To perform approx on-par with PowerVR SGX 554MP4 in iPad 4...Behind AMD's Jaguar-based APU (IGP side) as a result.)


    It's almost a winner for tablets and netbook-class systems. They just need to beef up the IGP side. Maybe after a few more die-shrinks or iterations?





    ASUS' Transformer Book T100: Atom Z3740 Inside, Available October 18th at US$349
    => http://www.anandtech.com/show/7320/asus-transformer-book-t100-atom-z3740-inside

    This is a slightly lowered version compared to the "Bay Trail" preview. (That used the Atom Z3770 model).

    Z3740; Speed: 1.33GHz (Turbo: 1.86GHz)
    VS
    Z3770; Speed: 1.46GHz (Turbo: 2.39GHz)

    Everything else is the same...Quad-core, Dual-channel LPDDR3, neutered Ivy Bridge IGP, etc.



    * Official name: Transformer Book T100
    * Price: starts at US$349 for a 32GB model.
    * CPU: Intel Atom Z3740 (quad-core; 1.33GHz, Turbo: 1.86GHz.)
    * Screen: 10.1-inch (IPS display; 1366x768 resolution).
    * RAM: 2GB of LPDDR3. (Dual-channel)
    * OS and Office software: Windows 8.1 AND pre-installed copy of Office 2013.
    * Storage: NAND 32GB or 64GB eMMC with microSD card reader.
    * Other input/output connectors:
    => micro USB port for charging (and/or external USB devices).
    => micro HDMI output.
    => headphone/microphone jack.
    => keyboard dock included
    ==> Dock also adds a USB 3.0 port.
    * Battery: integrated 31Wh. (ASUS reckons up to 11 hours of battery life).
    * Dimensions: 10.4" x 6.7" x 0.41" (0.93" thick with the dock).
    * Weights: 550g/1.2 lbs (2.4 lbs with the dock).
     
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    As we near the end of 2013, information on Bay Trail's successor appears...

    Cherry Trail-T. (Tablet version)
    => http://vr-zone.com/articles/mullins-may-need-mulligan-heres-look-intels-cherry-trail-t/63886.html
    => http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-look-new-features-cherry-trails-gpu/64068.html

    * 4-cores (unchanged from Bay Trail).
    * Process node goes down a notch...From 22nm to 14nm.
    * Higher turbo burst speeds. (2.4Ghz to 2.7Ghz)
    * IGP execution units increases from 4 to 16.
    * IGP architecture gets updated from "Gen7" (Ivy-Bridge based) to "Gen8" (Haswell/Broadwell-based).
    * Improved Video Encoder and Decoder functions.
    * Faster memory support. From DDR3-1067/-1333 to DDR3-1600
    * Larger memory capacity support. From 4GB to 8GB.
    * New power saving functions. (Display refresh rate, IGP turbo mode, etc).
     
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    Looks like Intel has pushed their Atom series in alignment with their Tick-Tock release model. The road ahead...

    2013: Tock (New architecture...Aligned with Haswell release.)
    => Bay Trail (Silvermont cores)
    => Ivy Bridge based IGP.

    2014: Tick (Die shink to 14nm node...Aligned with Broadwell release.)
    => Cherry Trail (Airmont cores)
    => Haswell/Broadwell based IGP.

    2015: Tock (New architecture...Aligned with Skylake release.)
    => Broxton (Goldmont cores)
    => Skylake based IGP? :confused:
    => Will be a modular design such that Intel can tailor various versions to specific portable/mobile segments.

    Alongside Broxton, Intel will also introduce SoFIA as a low-cost Atom variant with 3G capability (LTE capability in 2015). It won't be manufactured by Intel. Instead it will be contracted out to third-parties like TSMC, etc to reduce "time-to-market".

    While you may have noticed Bay Trail based Celerons appearing on Intel's NUC (see here); it is likely Intel will skip over Cherry Trail and go straight to a Broxton based Celeron variant. For some reason or another, Cherry Trail is going to have a short life. :confused:

    References:
    * http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/di...Broxton_and_SoFIA_Application_Processors.html
    * http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/62825-intel-atom-roadmap-updated-include-broxton-sofia/
    * http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-talks-new-strategy-expands-atom-roadmap-sofia-broxton/64740.html
    * http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/27/a-tale-of-intels-cherry-trail.aspx
     
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    According to this...
    => http://vr-zone.com/articles/whats-intel-planning-2014/72100.html

    The Tablet/Phone version of Cherry Trail is planned for a November release. (It has been pushed back from September.)

    It appears Intel is having a little trouble with 14nm process node...You'll also note Broadwell is missing in the 2014 roadmap. :confused:
     
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