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Intel Debuts New Atom Chips, LTE Modem

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Feb 25, 2013, 12:01 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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