Intel's plans for quadcore SoC chips discovered

Aug 29, 2012 by Bob Yirka weblog

(Phys.org)—Intel, long dominant on the PC/Windows platform has not been quite so successful in getting its chips inside other machines such as Apple's line of computers, RISC machines, and more recently hand-held devices. Now it appears Intel is ready to mount a serious challenge in all markets with plans for an upgrade to its line of atom processors called, according to a leaked document, Bay Trail.

The document was apparently found on Baidu by tech site ComputerBase and details virtually all of Intel's plans for the new chip platform. In the document, purportedly written by people at Intel, it's revealed that the new processor line will include a quadcore System on a Chip (SoC), which, if true, will be a first for Intel, allowing it to play catch-up with rivals in the hand-held market. The document also says the platform will be based on a 22-nanometer architecture, which of course is smaller than anybody else's. SoCs are in a class by themselves because they allow for smaller computers, e.g. hand held devices. In traditional desktop and , chips are separated by function with the CPU sitting at the center and directing everything else. Another of those chips, the () typically handles, quite obviously, graphics, which in many cases were made by companies not named Intel. With SoCs, everything is integrated into a single chip, which should in theory also make things run faster due to not having to account for communications delays. And the GPU that Intel has embedded in its new chipset appears to bear that out, the document's authors say it's up to seven times faster than anything else out there.

Overall the new chipsets, which will continue to be based on Intel's Silvermont (CPU side) architecture will in turn be based on the Bay Trail platform (replacing Cedar Trail) and will come in four varieties: ValleyView T (handheld devices), ValleyView I (), ValleyView M (netbooks) and ValleyView D (desktop computers) and each will be available in a 1, 2 or 4 core configuration running at various clock speeds, providing ultimate versatility. Each will also come with a souped up GPU, which the document says, will bump up video processing four to seven times over existing technology (1080p video at 60 fps).

In addition to scaling down the size of the chipset, Intel has also incorporated out-of-order processing, which means the CPU can process instructions when they are ready, rather than waiting for slower ones to finish, which of course bumps up overall processing speed.

The document's authors say the new chipsets should be available by the fourth quarter, next year.

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