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Intel reveals Merrifield, a next generation mobile processor design

by On June 4, 2013
Intel unveils Merrifield reference design for smartphones

Move over, ARM, Intel’s finally hitting its stride in mobile. At least, that’s the impression the chip maker gave when it formally unveiled its fourth-generation CPU product family. Emphasizing the comapny’s growing presence in portable devices like smartphones and tablets – Lenovo’s K900 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 are such examples – Intel detailed the next iteration of its low-power, 22nm processor for phones.

The big focus for this chip generation is battery life. Intel said Merrifield CPUs will consume significantly less power than predecessor Medfield designs. In addition, the company says performance gains will be substantial, in part because Merrifield is based on an “entirely new Atom architecture.” Intel didn’t specify what kind of physical design the new CPUs will adopt; Medfield was a single-core design, while mobile benchmarks discovered by Chinese blog Blue Ringer Men show a dual-core Intel prototype clocked between 1.6GHz and 2GHz. It’s entirely possible the product hasn’t yet been finalized.

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Intel promised Merrifield would include an “integrated sensor hub,” which suggests the chips will have the ability to directly interface with, for example, accelerometers and proximity sensors, potentially saving motherboard space. Unfortunately, Merrifield isn’t due out for a while: the company said the tech’s on track for early 2014 availability. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the new CPUs before then.

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COMPUTEX, Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2013 – Ushering in a wave of new Ultrabook™ andemerging 2-in-1 devices that deliver a PC when you need it and a tablet when you want it, Intel Corporation today introduced its ground-breaking 4th generation Intel® Core™ Processor family.

Speaking at Computex Taipei 2013, Executive Vice President Tom Kilroy said Intel has more than 50 different 2-in-1 designs in the pipeline across a range of price points, including premium Ultrabook 2-in-1s powered by the new Intel Core processors, and other designs powered by forthcoming processors based on the company’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture.

“Today we deliver on the vision set forth 2 years ago to reinvent the laptop with the introduction of our 4th generation Intel Core processors that were designed from the ground up for the Ultrabook and serve as the foundation for a new era of 2-in-1 computing,” said Kilroy. “We made one of the most seismic changes to our roadmap ever to build these …read more

Via: Android Authority

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