Intel is shipping its next-generation 14nm processor aimed at tablets with its new Atom system on a chip codenamed Cherry Trail. This is alongside the new 5th Generation Core processors for mainstream PCs.
Cherry Trail was announced at the CES show in Las Vegas with the latest Core processor family.
It is based on the same Broadwell architecture and is set to give a boost to tablet devices when new products based on the platform appear, slated for the first half of this year.
Cherry Trail is based on the Broadwell architecture, and will deliver much improved graphics compared with the previous Bay Trail Atom chips.
Other technologies in the new 5th Generation Core chips include Intel RealSense technology and the enhanced Wireless Display (WiDi) capability for a "no wires" experience, Intel said.
As with Bay Trail, the new platform is specifically targeting Android or Windows tablet devices, while the Core chips target other form factors such as traditional laptops, 2-in-1 'convertible' systems, ultrabooks, desktop PCs and mini PCs.
However, Intel disclosed few details concerning the specifications of the upcoming Cherry Trail chips, such as clock speeds or even the number of cores, although this is likely to be two or four CPU cores as with Bay Trail.
Intel did say that the new platform will offer greater performance and battery life for mainstream tablets, along with enhanced wireless capabilities courtesy of the Intel XMM 726x modem chips that support LTE mobile broadband.
The Intel RealSense technology is claimed to offer capabilities such as depth sensing, allowing a tablet to perform actions such as taking measurements when capturing images.
In addition, Intel said that Cherry Trail includes Context Aware technology, which uses information from the cloud and onboard sensors to determine the context or environment of the user and provide information based on those surroundings.
Tablets based on Cherry Trail will also enable users to log-in with their face, fingerprint or a trusted device they assign, Intel said.
The firm first discussed this feature last year, when it said that future PCs will be able to use capabilities such as facial recognition and the proximity of a previously registered smartphone to authenticate users without the need for passwords.
Intel also disclosed plans last year to expand the "no wires" capabilities for future systems.
These go beyond the WiDi technology used to connect wirelessly to projectors and external displays and are envisaged to include wireless docking and wire-free charging as well.
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