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Intel announces Atom dual-core Clovertrail+ Android chips

But all eyes are on Medfield
Mon Feb 25 2013, 11:14
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CHIPMAKER Intel has announced three Atom dual-core Clovertrail+ processors for Android smartphones, citing significant improvement in graphics performance.

Last year Intel finally dipped its toes into the Android smartphone market, though a mix of largely forgettable devices saw the firm make very little headway. Now Intel has come back with three Atom dual-core Clovertrail+ processors sporting clock speeds of up to 2GHz and Hyperthreading, allowing four threads to run simultaneously.

Intel's Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560 and Atom Z2580 chips have two cores clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.6GHz and 2.0GHz respectively, and have GPU cores clocked at 533MHz, which the firm claims is good for 30fps HD 1080p hardware accelerated video decode. Intel claims that it has enough compute power to support a 16MP sensor that can do a 15fps burst of images at 8MP resolution.

However Intel all but said that Clovertrail+ is a mere stopgap until it has 22nm Atom chips. The firm's present Atom lineup is still fabbed at 32nm, which is a mature process node but doesn't give the Atom chips the higher energy efficiency benefits of Intel's 22nm process node.

Hermann Eul, VP and co-GM of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group said, "Our second generation product delivers double the compute performance and up to three times the graphics capabilities, all while maintaining competitive low power. As we transition to 22nm Atom SoCs later this year, we will take full advantage of the broad spectrum of capabilities enabled by our design, architecture, 22nm tri-gate transistor technology, and leading-edge manufacturing to further accelerate our position."

Intel said that it's Clovertrail+ chips can support displays with up to 1900x1200 resolution and confirmed that Lenovo's Ideaphone K900 is based on the Atom Z2580 chip. However Intel couldn't help but mention that the next generation Medfield Atom chips will make use of the firm's 22nm process node, claiming it will increase battery life, suggesting that the really interesting products from the firm will come out at the tail end of 2013. µ


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