Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will launch new platforms for tablets and during the second half of 2014 meant to maintain its dominance in the processor market, reports Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai for Digitimes.
Cherry Trail tablet platform
The 14nm Cherry Trail tablet platform is expected to come out in the third quarter of 2014, though Intel partners will receive samples by the end of the year. The Cherry Trail will use Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s existing 14nm Airmont architecture and the processor will have a 2.7 GHz clock speed and GEN 8 GPU. The 14nm Willow Trail, also a tablet platform, will come out in the fourth quarter of 2014 using the Goldmont architecture with a GEN 9 GPU; it will be able to support both Windows and Android phones.
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Intel’s new smartphone SoC
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s new smartphone SoC (system on a chip), the 22nm Merrifield, is expected to come out next quarter, the Moorefield will be available in the first half of next year, and the Morganfield is slated for the first quarter of 2015. The Merrifield is said to boost performance by 50 percent while extending the battery life of Intel’s current smartphone SoC, Clvoer Trail+.
Intel to release 22nm Bay Trail-based processor
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) also announced that it is ready to release the 22nm Bay Trail-based processors that use Silvermont architecture two weeks from now at the Intel Developer’s Forum being held on September 10-12. The Bay Trail-T processors capable of supporting Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2 are supposed to be available in the near future. People are especially excited about the Bay Trail-T because it extends battery life during active use to more than eight hours, and it is capable of idling for weeks without a recharge. The SoC will come with two different configurations: 1.8 GHz or 2.4 GHz, both with a GEN 7 GPU.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has had a rough quarter over concerns that they are not keeping up with the transition from desktop to mobile computing where their chips are much less popular. These new platforms are surely meant to strengthen the company’s position in the smartphone and tablet markets, while the company also diversifies into big data applications.