Slides detailing next generation Intel Atom SoC surface onlineBy Shawn Knight
Tablet makers have yet to release any slates powered by Intel's Clover Trail Atom processor but that doesn't mean we can't at least be a little bit curious about what the chip giant has in store for the next, next generation Atom SoCs. Fortunately for our inquiring minds, a series of slides on this exactly subject recently found their way into the hands of the gang at Mobile Geeks.
Intel is calling this new SoC Valley View-T which will operate on the Bay Trail-T platform. Based on the slides, we know that Valley View-T will feature a quad-core processor and DirectX 11-capable graphics. The entire package will be built using Intel's 22nm manufacturing process. For reference, Clover Trail is built using a 32nm process while ARM Cortex-A15 chips use a slightly more efficient 28nm design.
As you are likely well aware, the smaller manufacturing process will equate to lower power consumption and increased performance much like it does with desktop and notebook components.
The publication notes that this chip won't be available until early 2014 at the soonest but we should at least hear something official about it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. But even before the announcement, we already know a great deal about the SoC thanks to the slides.
The chips will no longer carry HyperThreading but Intel is making up for that omission by adding more physical cores. This should increase overall performance by as much as 60 percent. As Mobile Geeks points out, performance will be leagues ahead of Clover Trail and Cortex-A15 offerings.