Intel Shows Off Android Tablet With 64-Bit Atom ‘Silvermont’ Chip
The world’s largest chipmaker, Intel is having a hard-time from competitors such as Samsung and Qualcomm in the mobile chip market, most which are populated by the latter two. Intel has pushed numerous Atom based mobile chips to garner the market share but failed to acquire a huge lead. With that done and said, during a meeting with investors demonstrated the first Android tablet based on the Silvermont chip.
The chip is a 64-bit SoC, though not an ARM. Intel brags about the 64-bit capability of it’s chip will garner great performance all the while being low-cost.
“What we are doing with our product roadmap and SoCs is that we drive to lower costs and profitable stages But that is not enough What we really want to do is to take a lot of the innovation and differentiation we are able to do up on the PC and bring that down into tablets,” said Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel.
Intel has promised a 40% increase in performance of media editing applications like Adobe Photoshop. Intel claims to offer more than decent performance in 32-bit mode. That’s not all, the Silvermont based Android tablet scored 1.70 in MobileXPRT 2013, ahead of both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip at 1.14 and Nvidia’s Tegra 4 at 1.28. For comparison’s within Intel’s own, the Clover Trail chip found in Lenovo’s K900 smartphone scored 1.0.
The new Silvermont scores even better in Windows based test scores, but we found no significant advantage over it’s competitors as Intel compared it to older Nvidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chips for comparisons, making the competition rather pointless. Intel will target multiple price points between $100-$400 with it’s Atom chips. Intel’s main goal is to ship 40 million Atom SoC’s by the end of 2014, a quadruple from where Intel currently stands with sales.
With Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip in the fray, it’ll be interesting to see how well Intel copes with it, and how widespread Intel’s SoC becomes considering it’s the first in Android’s kingdom. Ultimately, though its the question whether apps will take notice of the chips 64-bit capabilities of the chip, or not.