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Cloverfield: Intel's Next-Next Tablet Processor

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Intel has another tablet processor cooking in its labs.

At its IDF Spring in Beijing, the company disclosed that the 32 nm Cloverfield CPU will follow the 32 nm Cedar Trail, which will replace the 45 nm Oak Trail CPU, which was released just this week, in H2 2011. Intel did not disclose much information and simply stated that Cloverfield will consume less power.

That, of course, is to be expected, but we wonder if Intel will actually be moving to more cores with Cloverfield. I recently criticized Oak Trail as being not competitive enough as far as performance is concerned and as too expensive. However, Intel sources promised that Oak Trail will be very competitive with ARM's current product lineup. We are promised to get to see extensive presentations and demonstrations at Computex in a few weeks.

Intel is a bit late to the party, which can be an advantage or disadvantage. It could use the effect of surprise, but it will need a very compelling product. A single core with 1.5 GHz for $75 is not very likely to succeed. But I may be too pessimistic here - and I will wait until Computex for a final judgment on Oak Trail. That said, the price needs to come down in any case.        

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    kilo_17 , April 13, 2011 6:07 PM
    I'm eager to see if Intel can put up a fight in the ARM-dominated mobile market
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    dogman_1234 , April 13, 2011 6:12 PM
    I think Intel will do okay. TI and other will do great though.
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    jdamon113 , April 13, 2011 6:14 PM
    Given the nature of how many different sources are in arm and only intel in its atom, I have to admit they have come far fast. But Qualcomm is not going to sit down and let intel have this... Intel has its work cut out for them. But when the last device is standing I assume in a few years, nodoughtly it will say intel inside. They have a huge advantage in fabrication, and a high QC.. If intel hits the phone market, that could spell dome for samsung. Time will tell.
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    huron , April 13, 2011 6:27 PM
    I think that Intel was surprised by how quickly the mobile market exploded and didn't have an answer. With their money and R&D, I don't doubt they can become competitive in the mobile space if they make a serious push.

    Should be interesting...competition is always a good thing, right?
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    bustapr , April 13, 2011 6:43 PM
    considering how awesome intel has always been(in cpu market), I have no doubt that theyll blow ARM out of the water. However I dont think there will be alot of room for lots of competition in the mobile market. 2 is fine, 3 is pushing it. I dont know how AMD is gonna take this.
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    Supertrek32 , April 13, 2011 7:00 PM
    I'm surprised I wasn't beaten to the punch on jokes...

    Will this processor destroy New York?
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    tburns1 , April 13, 2011 7:04 PM
    It will destroy New York. And if it bites you, you will explode.
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    mobrocket , April 13, 2011 7:06 PM
    supertrek32I'm surprised I wasn't beaten to the punch on jokes...Will this processor destroy New York?

    and look like a giant flea-bat
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    southernshark , April 13, 2011 7:14 PM
    The mobile market will be dominated by the Borg.
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    azcoyote , April 13, 2011 7:15 PM
    bustaprconsidering how awesome intel has always been(in cpu market), I have no doubt that theyll blow ARM out of the water. However I dont think there will be alot of room for lots of competition in the mobile market. 2 is fine, 3 is pushing it. I dont know how AMD is gonna take this.

    Doubtful. x86 has some limitations when compared to ARM strictly speaking on target usage and market. ARM license pricing is aggressive and implementation is flexible. Google is to market with tablet and phone optimized software. Windows is behind of phone and tablet software. Intel has an uphill battle here...
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    soundping , April 13, 2011 10:20 PM
    It's a monster.
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    slayerz636 , April 14, 2011 12:52 AM
    is that a play in words on intels side? is it gunna kill the competion?
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    jkflipflop98 , April 14, 2011 4:18 AM
    We tried to get some details on Cloverfield, but we could only get this crappy shakey-cam footage.
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    amk09 , April 14, 2011 4:22 AM
    Alright, we all know Intel is completely capable of producing 32nm Cloverfield CPU's right now, so why don't they just skip all the money-milking bullshit and jump to it? We will buy that crap up!! We don't want this 1.5GHz crap when we know you are capable of producing higher-core/higher-clock CPU's.

    I feel like thats all the CPU/GPU industry is nowadays, they are just slowly upping the performance in each generation, making it seem like there are "huge improvements", when in reality they are capable of massive performance boosts that a held back by a want to milk as much money possible. Why does everything always have to be about god damn money???

    What about Innovation? Now thats something I will pay for.
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    ImagineTek , April 14, 2011 9:33 AM
    Of course companies like Intel could produce mobile cpus with more grunt, but the rope around their waist here is power draw. Nobody wants a device that doesn't allow for a full days use, and tablet makers don't want to bulk up their devices with a larger battery to accommodate a power guzzling cpu. If someone came up with a breakthrough that doubled the efficiency of current battery technology, I think you'd see things move along much more quickly.
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    back_by_demand , April 14, 2011 12:55 PM
    AMD's chip to compete is called Blairwitchproject
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    srgess , April 14, 2011 1:51 PM
    do you really need a fast cpu for mobile, tablet. most people just read, surf. i could do that on my 486 66mhz pc.
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    tburns1 , April 14, 2011 3:36 PM
    Sony is jumping into the fray with a chip codenamed Godzilla.
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    jinhan , September 6, 2011 2:06 AM
    We should wait and see how well will Medfield perform in this market, then we can have an estimation how Cloverfield can perform.