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MWC 2015 | Intel unveils new Atom processors

Intel Atom x3 64-bit SoC features 3G or 4G LTE and more
Intel Atom x3
The new chips unveiled today aim smartphones, phablets, and tablets, as well as convertibles. First products that use them are expected in mid-2015.

Intel announced earlier today at MWC 2015 in Barcelona a rich set of new products, including new processors that aim the entire mobile devices market, from value smartphones to premium tablets and convertibles. In addition to the Intel Atom x3, x5, and x7 chips, the chip maker also revealed three new wireless products and the third generation XMM 7360 LTE modem.

The Intel Atom x3 was previously known as "SoFIA" and the family includes the dual-core x3-C3130 with 3G connectivity, the quad-core Rockchip-made x3-C3230RK, as well as the LTE-enabled quad-core x3-C3440. These chips run at up to 1.4 GHz and support up to 5 MP front cameras and 13 MP back cameras, as well as 4G LTE Cat.6 connectivity.

Previously known as "Cherry Trail," the new Atom x5 and Atom x7 family offer 64-bit processing and Intel Generation 8 graphics. They both support Intel RealSense snapshot and Intel RealSense 3D camera (R100 and R200). Pro WiDi and True Key support are also present.

According to the official fact sheet, OEMs like Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, or Acer are expected to introduce x5- and x7-based tablets "in the first half of this year." First products powered by the entry-level Atom x3 chips should also arrive "later this year" as well.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03- 2 (Update: 2015-03- 2)