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Monday, 22 August 2011 09:44

Intel's new tablet / phone 32nm chips next year

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Working on Medfield / Clover Trail
Intel is still not giving up on its tablet and phone chip dream, and with time it is getting better. The new chip to replace Atom Z670 for tablets is expected in the first half of 2012 and is codenamed Medfield.

We don’t know many details at the moment but it will definitely get better than 1.5GHz single core with 3W TDP and 45nm. Once the game goes down to 32 and later to 22nm, TDPs and power will get much better.

There might be some demos of this chip at IDF, but we don’t believe that Intel is ready to give up much details. We’ve seen some phone chip prototypes around this time last year that had quite nice performance, but at the same time had too high idle power. It was promised that once Intel gets to 32nm and Medfield, idle should become much better, significantly better than Atom Z670 and Oak Trail platform.

Even Intel's CEO said that the company is working with a few phone manufacturers and that Medfield fits nicely into phone power envelope. Intel also has Clover Trail, a CPU that might be the one to replace the Oak Trail tablet PC and still get to market in the second part of 2012, before the launch of Windows 8.

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+2 #1 dan 2011-08-22 10:38
Snore. Medfield will be DOA. It just can't compete with ARM solutions (even Tegra).
+3 #2 hoohoo 2011-08-22 14:00
Gotta respect the Intel spinmachine. ARM has the CPUs now, AMD has the CPUs now, and Intel can control behaviour by saying "Just wait twelve months, and we'll have the CPU too!"
-1 #3 milkod2001 2011-08-22 14:40
Intel should bin 'Atom' as trademark, it was not, is not and probably never will be great chip...
Be it tablet, laptop, smartphone etc. if it says Atom inside customers won't be buying that...
+1 #4 godrilla 2011-08-22 15:08
Epic fail, arm is making 28nm chips already dual, quad and even octocore via arm15 chips and even 60 cores of gpu for the tegra 4. For next year as well. Who's the chip giant now?

Intel will loose apple and even some server business to arm as

well as the pc market with windows 8.

Even the arm9 chips comming out in the fall will be clocked @ 1.5 ghz dualcore new nexus prime phone and android 4.0

icecreamsandwit ch
0 #5 Exodite 2011-08-22 18:00
This is one of the areas where I don't get Intel.

Since they have a lot to catch up to in the MID space, why not leverage all their resources?

Intel own their own manufacturing facilities and are pushing the bleeding edge on those.

If the architecture isn't all that appealing on its own, why not push the fabrication advantage and make their new MID SoCs the first chips out of the door on 22nm 3D-gate technology?

I mean, those chips are bound to be minuscule compared to the Ivy Bridge ones anyway so it's not like they'll eat up all the capacity at 22nm.

And then there's this need to push x86.. I realize it's Intel's schtick but seriously now, backwards compatibility with desktop Windows software isn't a compelling feature in MID space.

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