Intel launches high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture for tablets, smartphones

Intel SilvermontIntel on Monday unveiled new mobile processor architecture ‘Silvermont,’ which will be released as a part of the company’s next-generation SoCs for tablets and smartphones.

As the company struggles to gain traction in the already huge smartphone market, Silvermont is its latest attempt to change the landscape. Silvermont architecture will act as the base for the company’s 22nm Bay Trail and Merrifield 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 executive vice president and chief product officer. “Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including “Bay Trail” is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence.”

According to Intel, Silvermont microarchitecture offers 3-times more peak performance than the current-generation of Atom processors. It is also on-average 50pc faster than the ARM quad-core processors found in current smartphones.

Intel Silvermont microarchitecture highlights

  • A new out-of-order execution engine enables best-in-class, single-threaded performance.
  • A new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth and lower latency
  • New IA instructions and technologies bringing enhanced performance, virtualization and security management capabilities to support a wide range of products.
  • Enhanced power management capabilities including a new intelligent burst technology, low- power C states and a wider dynamic range of operation taking advantage of Intel’s 3-D transistors.

Silvermont based quad-core “Bay Trail” SoC is scheduled for release as a part of tablets around holiday 2013, while dual-core “Merrifield” will be available as a part of smartphones in Q1, 2014.

Want more technical nitty-gritties of Silvermont, check out the PDF below or read AnandTech’s thorough preview.


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