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Intel launches Silvermont microarchitecture

Intel launches Silvermont microarchitecture

Intel has announced its new microarchitecture named Silvermont, aimed at low-power requirements in market segments from smartphones to the data center. The Silvermont will be the foundation for a range of products beginning to come to market later this year (2013), and will also be manufactured using the company’s 22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing process.

The Silvermont microarchitecture also features a new out-of-order execution engine; a new multi-core and system fabric architecture; new IA instructions and technologies and enhanced power management capabilities including a new intelligent burst technology, low- power C states and a wider dynamic range of operation taking advantage of Intel’s 3D transistors.

In addition, Intel’s quad-core Bay Trail SoC is scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets and will more than double the compute performance capability of Intel’s current-generation tablet offering. Due to the flexibility of Silvermont, variants of the Bay Trail platform will also be used in market segments including entry-level notebooks and desktops in innovative form factors.

Intel’s Merrifield is scheduled to ship to customers by the end of 2013. It will enable increased performance and battery life over current-generation products.

Intel’s Avoton will enable energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for microservers, storage and scale out workloads in the data center. Avoton is Intel’s second-generation Intel Atom processor SoC to provide full server product capability that customers require including 64-bit, integrated fabric, error code correction, Intel virtualization technologies and software compatibility. Rangeley is aimed at the network and communication infrastructure, specifically for entry-level to mid-range routers, switches and security appliances. Both products are scheduled for the second half of 2013.

Concurrently, Intel is delivering advancements on its next-generation, 22nm Haswell microarchitecture for Intel Core processors to enable full-PC performance at lower power levels for 2-in-1 form factors, and other mobile devices available later this year (2013). Intel also plans to refresh its line of Intel Xeon processor families across the data center on 22nm technology.

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