Intel has offered additional information about its next Atom processors for tablets, notebooks and smartphones during Computex 2011 in Taiwan.
Atom processors will outpace Moore’s Law by speeding up the progress from the 32 nm technology to 22nm and then to 14 nm in the next three years. Given the annual update rate (a new generation of processors), transistors will lose far less energy and will have a lower real output. This means that smartphones, tablets and notebooks will bring higher performances and better battery autonomy.
Intel is also preparing the next generation platform for notebooks, codenamed „Cedar Trail”. This is the first netbook platform based on the 32 nm technology which will allow manufacturers to build ultra-thin equipments with new functionalities without having to use a cooler. Such equipments are Intel Rapid Start Technology (which quickly evaluates the system’s activities), Intel Smart Connect Technology (quickly runs the activities even in the stand-by mode) or Intel Wireless Display and PC Synch (allows consumers to use wireless updates and synch document or media content between several devices).
Moreover, the new platform will ensure 10 hour battery autonomy for active using or several weeks autonomy in stand-by mode. Cedar Trail will support various operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome and MeeGo.
Sean Maloney, Intel’s’ vice-president has introduced over ten tablets powered by Intel’s Atom Z670 which run three different operating systems. These tablets are available for purchase.
Maloney has also revealed information about Medfield, the first 32 nm platform designed for smartphones and tablets. The platform has been optimized so as to offer high performances and low energy consumption together with a longer battery life, high-quality gaming performances and clear image rendering.
In order to show the progress done in the tablet segment, Intel has introduced a Medfield prototype for the first time on the Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). The platform will run into production in the near future and will allow manufacturers to produce equipments whose thickness will be less than 9mm and will weigh under 700grams. The tablets bearing these specs are expected to hit the market in the second half of the 2012. Medfield will also be compatible to various operating systems such as Android and MeeGo.