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Intel gunning for ARM with new mobile-ready chip designs

updated 08:17 am EDT, Wed August 21, 2013

Intel mobile chips start to pose serious challenge to ARM dominance

Intel is set to take the fight to ARM-based chipmakers with much more competitive mobile chip offerings beginning this September, reports Digitimes. It's next-generation 22nm Bay Trail Atom chips are set to be officially unveiled at its Intel Developer Forum next month, while its Bay Trail-T processors aimed at the tablet market will follow soon after. The new Bay Trail-T designs, based on the Silvermont architecture, will more than double performance, while offering significant power savings.

Devices running the Bay Trail-T will come in one of two configurations, one clocked at 1.8GHz and 2.4GHz, both paired with new Gen 7 GPUs. The chips will also support both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2, with OEM's having the opportunity to choose one OS or the other -- devices can also be expected to launch that will dual-boot into either OS. Battery life is expected to last well over 8 hours on tablet devices when running video, while standby will run into weeks. Performance, however, has been shown to blow past the fastest ARM-based chip on the market, the Snapdragon 800 chipset. AnTuTu benchmarksput the Xperia Z Ultra at 34,758 points, while the new Bay Trail chip running on an Android tablet scored 43,416 points.

Moving into 2014, Intel will be flexing its muscle further with new 14nm Cherry Trail and 14nm Willow Trail platforms, but not before it launches its latest smartphone chip, the 22nm Merrifield. Merrifield will boost performance by 50 percent over the current Clover Trail+ smartphone-based Atom design, while also using less power at the same time. OEM's will be able to start sampling the 14nm Cherry Trail chips late in 2013 with a full reveal expected at Computex Taipei in 2014. The Cherry Trail design is based on the Airmont architecture and will boost its clock speeds to 2.7GHz, while upping its GPU to a Gen 8 design.

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