Intel quad-core 'ValleyView' system on a chip coming

Intel's system-on-a-chip design for small devices is slated to go quad core.

An Intel Windows 8 tablet powered by an upcoming Atom chip.
(Credit: Brooke Crothers)

Leaked Intel documents, dated 15 August, have appeared on a Chinese-language website and indicates that Intel's next-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be offered in configurations that include quad-core, a first for Intel's Atom chip design, according to a report at CPU World.

At the risk of wading too deeply into a codename quagmire, the Atom 22-nanometer architecture is dubbed "Silvermont" and the SoCs are referred to as "ValleyView".

The chips will also reportedly get punched-up graphics. ValleyView SoCs will integrate a graphics processing unit (GPU) sporting four "Gen 7" graphics engines, which will offer up to a seven-fold increase in performance, compared to the GPU on E600 series Atoms, according to CPU World. The SoCs will also boast an integrated Imagination decode unit.

ValleyView chips will also incorporate a host of other features, including either a dual or single channel memory controller, support for up to 8 GB of DDR3L-1066 or 1333 memory, camera interface and image coprocessor. The display controller will include VGA and HDMI interfaces.

Supported input/output interfaces include SATA 2 and USB 2.0/3.0.

The chips are due in the second half of 2013, according to the documents.


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trebor83 posted a comment   

I'm really interested to see what Intel are doing in the Atom space with Clover Trail and Silvermont and especially what it is going to mean for Windows tablets, hybrids and tabbooks.

Given that the Atom powered hones we have seen released this year produced better benchmarks then pretty much anything that wasn't running a Tegra 3 (atleast t the time) using a single core Medfield chip, when we start seeing next generation multi core chips the results could be really impressive.

I can't help feeling that Window RT will turn out to a massive waste of time and money on any basis except for PR in 2011, which would have been brutal had Microfot said they weren't developing for ARM chips that were the flavour of the month.

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