Intel is showing up all over the Mobile World Congress 2013 show in Barcelona and has also officially announced its new generation of Atom CPUs aimed at tablets and smartphones, the Clovertrail+.
Intel is sort of mixing things up with its codenames and while the Lexington platform is rather lonely in the value smartphone market, the performance market is getting quite crowded and confusing. After all, we are talking about Intel.
As you may remember, Medfield was Intel's 32nm Atom SoC aimed at smartphones, while 32nm Clover Trail was aimed at Windows 8 tablets. The new 32nm Clover Trail+ is aimed at perfomance smartphone as well as tablets.
Essentially Clover Trail+ is an upgraded Medfield platform that adds a second Saltwell based CPU core and keeps the Hyper Threading support so you practically have four threads with the new Clover Trail+. The GPU also got updated to PowerVR SGX544MP2 which has much more power than the SGX540 used in the Medfield. The SGX544MP2 is quite similar to the SGX543MP4 GPU found in the Apple A5X chip but has double triangle performance. It features 8 SIMDs, and offers 34.1GFLOPS of performance at its reference clock.
As noted, we are looking at three different SKUs. The top part, the Atom Z2580 is clocked at up to 2.0GHz while the SGX544MP2 GPU can boost up to 533MHz. Next in line is the T2560 with up to 1.6GHz clock and same GPU that works 400MHz while the last one is the Atom Z2520 clocked at up to 1.2GHz with the SGX544MP2 clocked at 300MHz.
The new platform supports LPDDR2 2x32-bit 1066MHz memory interface, can do 1080p@30fps encode and decode, has WUXGA (1920x1200) display support, 16- and 2-megapixel primary and secondary camera with support for continuous shooting and mobile HDR and features XMM 6360 modem.
With the introduction of the new platform, Intel also updated the reference platform adding Android 4.2 Jelly Bean support, and of course, Intel Clover Trail+ chipset.