Intel Bay Trail Atom Processors Launched
Intel launched two Atom Z3000 series system on chip (SoC) processors at IDF today, which are aimed at doubling the performance of Android and upcoming Windows 8.1 tablets.
The Bay Trail chipset brings improved power management compared to the current lot of Clover Trail and Clover Trail+ devices, which essentially means longer usage times for the users. Intel refrained from giving out specifics about these devices, but we should know in due time.
Supporting the Windows and Android operating systems, the Atom Z3700 series chips are powered by four cores up to a clock speed of 2.4GHz, with 2MB L2 cache and HD graphics. Depending on the configurations chosen, the chips offer dual or single channel DDR3 memory, supporting memory capacity up to 4GB.
The Atom Z3600 series chips are the less powerful of the two and most probably aimed more at smartphone devices. Supporting only Google’s Android mobile operating system, the Atom Z3600 series chips offer dual core process technology, 1MB L2 cache, HD graphics and, depending on the configuration, supporting up to 2GB memory capacity.
Both Bay Trail Atom processor series support Intel’s new Silvermont Core microarchitecture, which offers a wider dynamic operating range for better power efficiency. They will also support up to 2560×1600 display resolution.
Intel mentioned that over 20 Android tablets running on the Bay Trail chip will be launched before the end of the holiday shopping season, so we might have some interesting devices to look forward to. This list also includes a few super cheap sub $100 tablets. Of the 20 Bay Trail tablets that will launch this year, only 12 will be running on Android apparently with the remaining featuring Windows 8.