Intel to Formally Announce 'Silvermont' Micro-Architecture

On May 6, 2013 Intel will be formally introducing its new Atom “Silvermont” micro-architecture that will power the company’s next-generation “Bay Trail” and “Merrifield” mobile processors. As one might expect, Intel’s new Atom processors are a far cry from the ultra low-power processors that arrived in Netbooks in 2008 and will feature a “higher-performance out-of-order design” and integrate up to four processing cores based on the company’s 22 nm 3D transistor design.

The chips will also feature a faster integrated graphics, and according to the slide featured above, be just as battery-friendly as current Atom processors. These aspects should provide ARM vendors such as Qualcomm and Nvidia with some much needed competition. We’ve already heard that both Acer and Asus are in the process of developing laptops and hybrid tablets that will utilize Atom processors and run on Android.

Following the official launch on May 6, “Bay Trail” powered devices are expected to arrive in time for 2013’s holiday season with “Merrifield” based devices following “early next year.”

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