Intel has officially launched Silvermont, the processor microarchitecture that will underpin its upcoming Merrifield, Bay Trail and Avoton chips later this year, targeting smartphones, tablets and microservers respectively.
Silvermont will serve as the foundation for a number of 22nm products including new Atom chips coming to the market later this year. It will deliver performance-per-watt improvements across all the segments it addresses, Intel claimed.
Specifically, Slivermont will enable three times more peak performance, or the same performance at five times lower power consumption as existing Atom processors.
"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel's executive vice president and chief product officer.
The microarchitecture brings a new out-of-order execution engine that is set to boost single-threaded performance in Atom chips, along with a system fabric that makes it scalable up to eight cores. Power management is also enhanced with a new intelligent-burst technology and low-power C states, Intel said.
Silvermont will underpin Intel's Avoton chips aimed at microservers. Due in the second half of this year, Avoton will succeed the Atom S1200 line in systems such as HP's Moonshot platform that launched last month.
Meanwhile Bay Trail will be a quad-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) aimed at tablets, and is scheduled to ship in products in time for the Christmas period. However, variants of this chip are also expected to power some laptop and desktop PCs.
The Merrifield smartphone chip is set to be delivered to device makers by the end of this year and will offer increased performance and battery life over current products, Intel said. Silvermont will also be used in the Rangeley chips for network and communications products such as routers, also due in the second half of this year.
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