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Intel's 22nm Silvermont Atoms: Four Cores, Up to 1.4 GHz

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Intel is serious about its smartphone and tablet processor.

Some details about the 22 nm Silvermont architecture have been leaked from China and were picked up by German website Computerbase.de.

Silvermont's Valleyview processors will be available at the end of 2013 with up to four cores and clock speeds of 1.2 to 1.4 GHz clock speeds. The SoC will apparently include Gen 7 Ivy Bridge class graphics engines with four cores. The platform will support up to 8 GB DDR3L or LPDDR2 memory. The quad-core Valleyview processor will also introduce 1 MB shared L2 cache for each pair of cores.

As part of the upcoming Bay Trail platform, Valleyview supposedly be offered in two packaging types and is likely to be offered in variety of applications and not just tablets and smartphones. Intel could be following Nvidia's lead and use Valleyview to compete in all mobile applications as well as emerging automotive and industrial fields.

If Intel can take Valleyview's specs from a presentation to reality, it is clear that this is the Atom variant we have been waiting for since 2008, when Intel promised a capable SoC for the smartphone market.


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    jaquith , August 29, 2012 7:59 PM
    Reading might help, this Atom Silvermont CPU is for your Phones & Tablets -- not your Laptop or PC... The Atom CPU is for ultra-low-voltage use and >small size<.

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    math1337 , August 29, 2012 8:39 PM
    It looks like ARM is going to be getting some competition soon. Always good, even when the competitor is Intel. I can't wait for faster procs.
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    classzero , August 29, 2012 7:27 PM
    Meh it's an atom. They need to ditch the name so people don't dismiss it.
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  • 19 Hide
    classzero , August 29, 2012 7:27 PM
    Meh it's an atom. They need to ditch the name so people don't dismiss it.
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    jaquith , August 29, 2012 7:31 PM
    Leave it to China to leak more crap. More cores are welcome as long as it's efficient and won't suck my battery dry in a couple of hours.
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    jaquith , August 29, 2012 7:59 PM
    Reading might help, this Atom Silvermont CPU is for your Phones & Tablets -- not your Laptop or PC... The Atom CPU is for ultra-low-voltage use and >small size<.

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    serendipiti , August 29, 2012 8:14 PM
    Mobile phones have to do with battery life more than raw processing power... and there was a long trip to get to where ARM was and is...
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    kryten42 , August 29, 2012 8:26 PM
    jaquithReading might help, this Atom Silvermont CPU is for your Phones & Tablets -- not your Laptop or PC... The Atom CPU is for ultra-low-voltage use and >small size<.


    Yes, reading would help. Third paragraph:
    "likely to be offered in variety of applications and not just tablets and smartphones"
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    salgado18 , August 29, 2012 8:26 PM
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    it is clear that this is the Atom variant we have been waiting for since 2008

    I wasn't waiting.
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    math1337 , August 29, 2012 8:39 PM
    It looks like ARM is going to be getting some competition soon. Always good, even when the competitor is Intel. I can't wait for faster procs.
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    g00fysmiley , August 29, 2012 9:14 PM
    i wouldn't mind a tablet that can run x86 and x64 instruction sets ... 22nm should be able to run efficiently it will nto have the power of even a SB desktop processor.. but why would you need that on a tablet? i just want somehting to load pdf pages as fast as i can swipe to them and good video playback :) 
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    azraa , August 29, 2012 9:27 PM
    For me, i3 and FX 4100 are entry level. Anywhere below that is just stealing.
    Stupid people/extreme novices just go for the absolute cheapest (atom, or e-series apu), trying to get their fancy new pc run smooth. Obviously they are frustrated about the performance and lose interest in the pc technology, making more people uneducated and go choose apple or other stupid stuff like an i7 for office use.
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    christop , August 29, 2012 9:28 PM
    It would be nice in a tablet..
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    TheBigTroll , August 29, 2012 9:35 PM
    Quote:
    For me, i3 and FX 4100 are entry level. Anywhere below that is just stealing.
    Stupid people/extreme novices just go for the absolute cheapest (atom, or e-series apu), trying to get their fancy new pc run smooth. Obviously they are frustrated about the performance and lose interest in the pc technology, making more people uneducated and go choose apple or other stupid stuff like an i7 for office use.


    sounds like most people from my class (high school).
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    foolishone , August 29, 2012 9:42 PM
    The image says 2.4Ghz not 1.4Ghz ...
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 10:38 PM
    Out of order instruction set. Nice! It should be really powerful now.
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    altriss , August 30, 2012 1:21 AM
    azraaFor me, i3 and FX 4100 are entry level. Anywhere below that is just stealing. Stupid people/extreme novices just go for the absolute cheapest (atom, or e-series apu), trying to get their fancy new pc run smooth. Obviously they are frustrated about the performance and lose interest in the pc technology, making more people uneducated and go choose apple or other stupid stuff like an i7 for office use.


    What don't you get by: "smart phone, tablet and cars applications"?
    This chip is NOT for computer use, it would be like using a Tegra in a Desktop and complain about the lack of performance compared to a core-i 3,5 or 7.
    It just shows you didn't get the point of that chip at all. With that kind of mind you can also complain about how core-i7 are weak compared to the Xeon-phi or says that GTX690 sucks when compared to the S20 models of NVIDIA.
    So please when comparing power/consumption/efficiency, try to think about application, not absolute spec...
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    bgrt , August 30, 2012 2:46 AM
    Heard that Silvermont will have an out of order execution core. Welcome to the 2000s Intel.
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    azraa , August 30, 2012 2:50 AM
    Wooahh I dont know why so much downrating on my comment, but you seem to be just hating.

    I do know the point of such a tiny chip. I was making an ANALOGY. Of course Atom is best suited for mobile/low wattage devices. But I had to remind everyone that not so long ago, netbooks (now obsolete) were geared with Atom chips. I never mentioned Desktops using Atom. Below i3 and FX I can mention Core2Duo, Athlons and so on. Some markets (other less developed countries) still include this kind of CPUs in entry level notebooks/netbooks, and I was referring to that.

    And about the i7 reference, you just made clear that you dont know how to read properly, making up whatever your mind wants to read.

    Anyway, good on this development by Intel. I just wanted to made clear how bad the Atom was back in the day. Now i can add that taking this path for it is a better choice from its manufacturer.
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    mortsmi7 , August 30, 2012 4:45 AM
    azraaI never mentioned Desktops using Atom.
    azraaStupid people/extreme novices just go for the absolute cheapest (atom, or e-series apu), trying to get their fancy new pc run smooth.


    PC sounds like desktop to me.
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    rantoc , August 30, 2012 8:23 AM
    Intel's 22nm Silvermont Atoms: Four Cores, Up to 1.4 GHz

    The leaked fact sheet says 1.2 - 2.4 GHz, please is it so hard to proof read the articles at least once before publishing it? - Is it so hard to make quality articles based on the facts in front of the eyes? Some of the writers (note the word some) work hard to make "Toms Hardware - The authority of lazy journalism." the new slogan!
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