Intel is about to change the computer technology industry once again, this time in the mobile sector. The company announced its new Atom processor — the Silvermont. It is tiny, at 22 nanometers, and will deliver three times the performance of its predecessor, while using five times less power. In other words, whether utilizing a VPS hosting platform or an in-house server, the Silvermont will handle just about anything you throw at it.
This latest Atom technology is not just a one-time thing Intel hopes will carry it along near the front of the marketplace. The Silvermont chip is the first in a long line of Atom chips that will come out on a yearly basis. Intel’s goal is to remain competitive with other areas of the technology market.
Silvermont isn’t just a tweak of the previous design, but rather a fundamentally new design, Belli Kuttanna, Intel’s chief architect, told Techspot.com. Dadi Perlmutter, chief product officer and executive vice president of Intel, said that Silvermont is brand new technology that will shape the future for several different products. It will be available with up to eight processing cores, previously unavailable in smartphones or tablets at this point in the United States.
What really makes the Silvermont different from other Atom processors is the out-of-order execution pipeline. Previous Atom chips, like the Bonnell and Saltwell, were designed to wait for all commands before execution the function. Silvermont skips ahead so commands can be executed immediately. Silvermont and all subsequent processors will also include 256-bit AES encryption and decryption and better random number generators, making it more resistant to outside attack.
Silvermont represents Intel’s commitment to developing low-power architecture in future chips. Atoms are able to do what the Core cannot, by having power envelopes in the hundreds of milliwatts with smaller footprints, according to TechReport.com. Some Core users have complained about the chip hindering graphics displays, and are hoping the new Atoms can handle at least 1080p high-definition video. Others are using the Qualcomm S4 as a basis of comparison, expecting the new Silvermonts to far outperform its efficiency and power capabilities. Though details about pricing have yet to be released, Techradar.com suggested that Intel has the right idea for technology, but a poor business model. Intel machine are generally far more expensive than their counterparts.
Intel has provided release dates for a few of their system-on-a-chip configurations (SoC) which will cover several different markets. The Bay Trail, a quad-core for laptops, will begin shipping around the holiday season. Merrifield, the smartphone chip, will also begin shipping before the end of the year. The Avaton, which powers microservers, and the Rangeley, for routers, will both begin shipping this fall.