Skip to main content

Intel Launches Z670/650 Oak Trail Processors

The single-core (two threads) Z670 runs at 1.5 GHz and has 512 KB L2 cache. The 45 nm CPU is combined with the SM35 I/O controller and comes with the GMA 600 graphics core (which is based on a PowerVR SGX 535 chip) as well as support for up to 2 GB of DDR2-800 memory. Oak Trail runs at about 3 watts TDP, which is not really low in comparison to the original Atoms and not low in comparison to its ARM rivals.

It's good news that Intel has finally released an tablet processor, but I doubt that this platform can dent ARM's dominance in the market. The Z670, which continues the rather unsuccessful original Atom Z500 series with Silverthorne core, has not the specs that would allow it to attract much interest - it is state of the industry at best (while we do have to wait for first benchmark results.) It is a single-core processor that will run 1080p video, but that's about it. Atom's rivals are dual-cores right now, and they are moving to triple- and quad-core versions soon. It will be difficult to score any meaningful design wins right now, even if Intel says that Oak Trail will be found in 35 tablet designs soon.

Its biggest problem may be its price. The Z670 is priced at $75, which is not only more expensive than the comparable (but more power-hungry) 1.83 GHz N470, which targets netbooks.  I am not quite sure who is setting the pricing at Intel, but a chip that costs Intel about $5 to produce (according to our industry sources) and a chip that needs to compete with the iPad in price regions as low as $500 for entire tablets is not exactly aggressive. Intel may have killed Oak Trail right out of the gate. These processors need to be extremely cheap as they have become commodity devices that are not really in the focus of consumers anymore and therefore cannot carry a premium.

Oak Trail won't have a shot at the market today. We will wait for the 32 nm Cedar Trail platform in H2 of this year and hope that the chip will be faster, will come as a dual-core version, consumer less than half the power of Oak Trail and cost about one third of today's product.           

  • dogman_1234
    Why not get a small Pentium processor and shrink it to 32 nanometres?
    Reply
  • jimmysmitty
    dogman_1234Why not get a small Pentium processor and shrink it to 32 nanometres?
    Thats what they did. They took the basic P54C arch and stripped it of a few things and put it on 32nm.

    Thats Atom.

    What they need is to push out 22nm Atoms ASAP. That would help power drain a lot.
    Reply
  • zachary k
    yea, I will wait for the next one seeing as how Intel will have to play nice with Nvidia which means better ION!
    Reply
  • dalethepcman
    hrmm zacate ftw
    Reply
  • psiboy
    @ Jimmysmitty... No they didn't strip a pentium... Atom (at least as far as I am aware) is not even an out of order processor... which in todays modern market makes it a door stop! I never bought one because of this... Hence I now own a Zacate!
    Reply
  • Yuka
    jimmysmittyThats what they did. They took the basic P54C arch and stripped it of a few things and put it on 32nm.Thats Atom.What they need is to push out 22nm Atoms ASAP. That would help power drain a lot.
    *cough* 45nm *cough*

    Anyway, Brazos is taking away the light on low power set ups IMO. Atom has little to nothing to do now, even more when you think about "GPU".

    Cheers!
    Reply
  • aznshinobi
    ^ Brazos/Llano is for Desktops and Laptop/Netbooks.

    Z670/650 is supposed to compete with ARM chips. IE A8/A9 Cortex and the variants of that. Mainly a tablet CPU I would expect.

    Personally, this isn't going to be able to compete with ARM. It has a higher power consumption than ARM, and ARM is already ahead of the game with the A15 coming out next year.

    I say Adreno 220 + A9. That or next year with the Adreno 330 and the A15 Cortex.
    Reply
  • Yuka
    Actually, the C30 is aimed for tablets... Don't know about a road map for phones from AMD, but wouldn't surprise me if they announce it when they hit 32nm or 22nm with the next Brazos platform.

    Cheers!
    Reply
  • _Pez_
    what a rare name.. Imagine in a store; "I want an Oak tablet cpu please".. seller:... " a what ".. je je funny name ;)
    Reply
  • burnley14
    Is this news or a personal journal entry? This is riddled with personal opinion that has nothing to do with the information presented. Every piece of information is succeeded by the author's opinion on how it is inadequate. Not exactly professional writing.
    Reply