Intel to Formally Announce 'Silvermont' Micro-Architecture

On May 6, 2013 Intel will be formally introducing its new Atom “Silvermont” micro-architecture that will power the company’s next-generation “Bay Trail” and “Merrifield” mobile processors. As one might expect, Intel’s new Atom processors are a far cry from the ultra low-power processors that arrived in Netbooks in 2008 and will feature a “higher-performance out-of-order design” and integrate up to four processing cores based on the company’s 22 nm 3D transistor design.

The chips will also feature a faster integrated graphics, and according to the slide featured above, be just as battery-friendly as current Atom processors. These aspects should provide ARM vendors such as Qualcomm and Nvidia with some much needed competition. We’ve already heard that both Acer and Asus are in the process of developing laptops and hybrid tablets that will utilize Atom processors and run on Android.

Following the official launch on May 6, “Bay Trail” powered devices are expected to arrive in time for 2013’s holiday season with “Merrifield” based devices following “early next year.”

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  • burnley14
    I didn't realize the last refresh was so long ago until the article said 2008. Jeez Intel, what took so long?
  • scook9
    It was not a refresh in 2008, it was the product introduction. And what took so long was they had no competition or pressure until the mobile boom that happened in 2010-2011 and really not until 2011 and the tablets did they start to feel any heat.
  • murzar
    I hope this turns them from 'not bad' to 'pretty good'. I have an asus netbook with cedar trail with win 7. It works, just works (with awesome battery life for long journeys though).