The analysts are positive on the new mobile chip, which will be launched by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) towards the end of this year. The new chip from Intel can be a life saver to Windows 8, which is expected to use these chips in its tablets widely, says CNET.
The new efficient chips from Intel will result in an ultraslim light tablet which is two times faster than any Atom based Windows 8 tablet existing in the market. Such devices can be expected in the second half of 2013.
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What Analysts Think
Glen Yeung from Citi Research said that a better performance from the Silvermont chip of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is expected compared to the ARM’s vaunted Cortex A15. According to him, the new chip from Intel will be mounted in tablets in the second half of 2013 and in smartphones in the first half of 2014. Apart from this, Silvermont stands in a different league as it will be the first mobile chip from any vendor to get the support of tri gate 3D transistors.
Yeung further marked that Silvermont just like ARM’s Cortex A15 core is a wholly out-of-order architecture. This feature is not present in any Atom solution. He said that Silvermont can be said as the harbinger of Intel’s future mobile architectures.
Doug Freedman of RBC capital Markets said that the new Silvermont will be more balanced and responsive. Intel has claimed that the performance will be enhanced per watt. The Silvermont will operate 3x peak performance at the same performance, and at 5x lower power vs. current Atom core. He echoed the same thoughts of Yeung and said Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is adapting the out of order execution pipeline, which will help to make a more balanced and responsive system.
According to Freedman, the design of Intel allows for swapping between high performance and low performance quickly.
Anand Shimpi of Anandtech says that the Intel claims of Baytrail being two times faster than Clovertail is valid (current Atom). He said he has tested the two ARM Cortex A15 designs viz Exynos 5250, dual-core A15 @ 1.7GHz and Exynos 5410 quad-core A15 @ 1.6GHz and concludes that quad core Silvermont outperform. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has stated that Silvermont will give 60 percent performance advantage at least in comparison to other quad core chips.
However, he is little skeptical of power claims. The specifications of the Silvermont and the benefits of Intel’s 22nm process validate that it can perform better than the ARM cortex A15.
In all, it sounds like good news for Windows 8 tablets, which have not been so impressive so far.