Intel mentions new Cloverview Atom processor for tablets
Although the “Oak Trail” Atom Z670 was just released, Intel has already leaked some details on its successor, codenamed “Cloverview.”
During a speech earlier this week by Intel general manager Doug Davis in Beijing, Davis mentioned that the new Cloverview chip will be built on a 32nm manufacturing process, compared to the 45nm process of the Z670. The manufacturing shrink is expected to reduce the heat output and power consumption of Cloverview processors while hopefully allowing for improved performance over previous Atom generations.
According to PCWorld, Cloverview processors will be just one of three in a line of 32nm Atom-based chips, the other being “Cedar Trail” and “Medfield.” All three chipsets are being designed specifically for low-powered portables, including netbooks, smartphones, and tablets.
Recently, Intel has lost some ground in the tablet and mobile markets due to intense competition from other low-power, high-efficiency processors. For example, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line has been the popular choice for mid- to high-end Android smartphones, while Nvidia’s Tegra 2 APU is beginning to become ubiquitous in many tablets. Intel is hoping that its new 32nm Atom processors will be able to grow in market share over its ARM-based competitors, as the Intel name is surprisingly minuscule in the massive smartphone and tablet world.