Intel Debuts New Atom Chips, LTE Modem
Intel today announced several new products for smartphones and tablets, including new mobile processors and an LTE modem design. The processors include dual-core Atom power plants using a 32nm processes, formerly codenamed Cover Trail+. They encompass the Z2580, Z2560, and Z2520. These processors are rated at speeds up to 2.0GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.2GHz, respectively. According to Intel, they have twice the computing power and three times the graphics performance of their predecessors with the same power consumption. They feature Hyper-Threading to help with multitasking and can manage up to four application threads at a time. Other features of the Z2580, Z2560, and Z2520 include integrated graphics media accelerators that help manage content such as 3D, 1080p HD video encode/decode, camera sensors up to 16 megapixels, 15 frames-per-second burst mode for 8-megapixel cameras, as well as always-on HDR image/video capture. Last, they support large HD displays with resolutions ranging up to 1900 x 1200. Intel envisions these chips working best in high-end Android smartphones and tablets. Intel also announced the XMM 7160, a multi-band, multi-mode LTE modem. The XMM 7160 is targeted at smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks. It supports up to 15 LTE bands in a single radio, which Intel believes will help ease LTE roaming headaches. Last, Intel said that a new line of Atom processors, code named Bay Trail, is on the horizon. The Bay Trail chips will use a 22nm processes and will first target ultrabooks, then tablets, and eventually smartphones.
Intel Shows Off New Atom Processors and LTE Modem
Intel today revealed its roadmap for 2015, which includes three new Atom mobile processors called the x3, x5, and x7, in addition to a new LTE modem. The Atom x3 is a system-on-a-chip complete with a modem and is meant for volume devices.
Intel Claims LTE Modem to Deliver 1 Gigabit Speeds
Intel today announced the XMM 7560 LTE modem, a fifth-generation wireless radio that can produce broadband-like speeds in a variety of mobile devices. The XMM 7560 is manufactured using Intel's 14nm process and supports LTE Advanced Category 16 for downloads up to 1 Gbps and Category 13 for uploads up to 225 Mbps.
Intel Shows Off RealSense Camera for Smartphones
Intel made a slew of announcements recently, among them a new camera module for smartphones and new versions of its Atom mobile processor. Intel's RealSense 3D camera is meant to help solve complex problems based on what it can see, but it can also power things like gesture-based controls.
Intel Cancels Several Phone Chips
Intel said it will discontinue a handful of processors meant for smartphones and tablets as it continues to shift its business toward more profitable products. In particular, Intel has cancelled plans to sell three of its SoFIA processor-baseband combination chips.