CES 2013 | Intel presents its first "Bay Trail" processor and a quad-core Atom Z2420 for smartphones
"Cheaper and more economical" summarizes the atmosphere this year at Intel's CES 2013 keynote. For emerging markets, Intel has announced new budget smartphones based on the reference design of the Lexington Atom platform. Called the Atom Z2420, the CPU will support HSPA+ and XMM 6265 connectivity for compatibility in markets such as China, India, and Latin America. Unlike the 2.0 GHz Medfield Atom Z2460 in the Motorola Razr i, the Atom Z2420 is expected to operate at only 1.2 GHz.
For tablet PCs, Intel intends to introduce 22 nm Bay Trail CPU cores and even showed off some reference tablet designs from Compal and Pegatron. Bay Trail is expected to give twice the performance of the current Clover Trail generation and should launch later this summer.
Leaked Intel slides also reveal Bay Trail-T with Valley View-T processors for tablets, Bay Trail-M with Valley View-M processors for phones, and Bay Trail-D with Valley View-D processor for low-power desktos. The ULV T, M, and D CPUs are rumored to have a TDP of only 3 W, 4 to 6.5 W, and 12 W, respectively.
Though Intel has promised 7 Watt TDP Core i processors in the past, the ULV model has yet to come to fruition. Last December saw quiet announcements of a highly energy-efficient Mobile Y processor range from Intel. A few processors from the family were leaked, including the Pentium 2129Y (Y-L1), Core i3-3229Y (Y-T1), Core i5-3339Y (Y-T3), Core i5-3439Y (Y-MS1), and Core i7-3689Y (Y-MS3). Claims of the future 7 W CPU were not entirely true, but performance is still expected to be about 5 times higher than the Tegra 3. Intel says the new chips will make its way to a yet-to-be-announced convertible tablet from Acer.
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Finally, Intel revealed additional details on its upcoming Haswell generation for Ultrabooks. The 4th generation of Core ix CPUs will give a significant increase in battery life and will bring a "leap forward" to Ultrabook design. As an example, Intel presented a convertible Ultrabook reference design with a claimed 13 hour and 10 hour battery life in notebook and tablet mode, respectively. Intel also promises Ultrabooks to continue dropping in price to even sub $600 levels. Further demonstrations of touchscreen capabilities, facial recognition, and gesture controls ensued.