Silvermont: Intel Unveils Energy Efficient High Performance Microarchitecture for Next Gen Gadgets

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Intel has unveiled it's low-power, high-performance - Silvermont microarchitecture for smartphones and tablets. The company's 22nm Bay Trail and Merrifield Atom processors will now be based on Silvermont architecture, which is said to enable 3x peak performance at 5x power. This is a significant improvement in performance and energy efficiency.

Silvermont: Intel Unveils High Performance Microarchitecture

"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer. "Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including "Bay Trail" is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence."

Silvermont Microarchitecture Highlights

A new out-of-order execution engine enables best-in-class, single-threaded performance. A new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system.

New IA instructions and technologies bringing enhanced performance, virtualization and security management capabilities to support a wide range of products. These instructions build on Intel's existing support for 64-bit and the breadth of the IA software installed base.

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 3-D transistors. Intel Burst Technology 2.0 support for single- and multi-core offers great responsiveness scaled for power efficiency. Also, "Bay Trail" SoC to be used for entry-level laptop and desktop computers.

Tablets armed with Intel's quad-core "Bay Trail" SoC (with Silvermont Microarchitecture) are scheduled to release around holiday 2013. Also, smartphones with Intel's "Merrifield" SoCs are scheduled to release before the end of this year.

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