Intel launches Merrifield and Moorefield mobile Atom processors

Written by Edward Chester

February 24, 2014 // 3:02 p.m.

Tags: #atom #intel #merrifield #moorefield #z3480

Intel has announced its latest mobile and tablet processors codenamed Merrifield and Moorefield.

Merrifield - now officially called Z3480 - is a dual-core SoC that will be available in the first half of 2014 while Moorefield will be a quad-core followup with improved graphics too, moving from PowerVR G6400 to G6430.

Both chips will be 64-bit, a point Herman Eul, VP and General Manager of Communications, emphasised by saying “we will be accelerating 64-bit mobile adoption to allow for richer and faster application experiences – both for Android and Windows”.

Falling under the Atom family, the new chips are being built on a 22nm process and, as with previous Intel mobile efforts, will by x86 based. As such they won't be compatible with standard versions of Android, Windows Phone and the like.

This, along with less impressive power consumption figures than ARM-based solutions, has held back the company's progress in getting a sizeable slice of the mobile market. However, Intel is aiming to increase this significantly through 2014, with Eul saying “We want to grow the number of Intel inside devices by 4X in 2014.”

Intel launches Merrifield and Moorefield mobile Atom processors

Intel is also expecting to transition to 14nm production this year with the likes of codename Cherry Trial. This builds on Bay Trail with new Airmont cores (14nm shrink of Silvermont) and a boost in graphics performance.

As well as these new application processors, Intel also revealed its XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem. The chip is currently certified to run on 70 percent of LTE networks globally with support for LTE speeds of 300Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. The company confirmed it already has the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung onboard to use the chip.
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