Intel just made an official announcement on the Silvermont microarchitecture they have been working on. The 22nm Tri-Gate SoC chips are supposed to offer three times as much processing power than the current generation of Atom processors, while only using a fifth of the power. Competition in the industry has been tough, and Intel, in a bid to have their chips included in high-end phones, has engineered the new chips to compete with Qualcomm. They not only feature the 22nm SoC process, but also revolutionary 3D Tri-Gate transistors. The new architecture has a lot more to offer as well:
- The new engine boasts an out-of-order execution, which offers the best single-threaded performance in its class.
- There’s a multi-core architecture, which supports as many as eight cores, and shows better performance at higher bandwidths, reduced latency and greater, more efficient out-of-order support for a system that is more responsive, and more balanced.
- The new IA instructions and technologies to convey better the performance, virtualization and introduce more robust security management capabilities to extend its support to more diverse products. These instructions are an improvement on Intel’s current support for 64-bit.
- A more efficient power management system which includes, a new intelligent burst technology, low-power C states, and a more diverse range of operation that makes use of the new 3-D transistors from Intel. The responsiveness offered by single and multiple cores supported Intel® Burst Technology 2.0 is awesome, despite the more effective power utilization.
Intel is hoping to penetrate the tablet market before the close of 2013 by offering quad-core Bay Trail processors inspired by the Silvermont Architecture. The possibility of using said chips entry-level computing devices using unconventional form factors is being explored. On the smartphone segment, a Merrifield version of the chips is being engineered by Intel, and they should be ready before the end of 2013.
So far, Intel has had their premium chips integrated into devices made by Lenovo and ZTE. The real test is to see whether the company will successfully penetrate the market that is dominated by Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Samsung.