Intel Announces New Products for Mobile Devices
Intel announced a trio of products this morning at the Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The Atom Z34 and Z35 systems-on-a-chip are also known under the Merrifield and Moorefield code names, respectively. The 22nm tri-gate transistors are paired with the Power VR Series 6 integrated graphics chipsets to create power efficient devices for use in Android smartphones. Merrifield features a number of improvements over previous mobile chips from Intel including "higher peak clock speed, an architecture with out-of-order execution and 64-bit compatibility, faster integrated graphics processor programmable with the OpenCL and RenderScript APIs, support for LPDDR3 memory, an improved image signal processor, and a brand-new video signal processor that supports hardware VP8 encoding and decoding." Moorefield offers an additional two cores, support for faster memory, and higher resolution displays. According to Intel, the two chips compared favorably to the Apple A7 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in a number of benchmarks. Rounding out the announcement from Intel is the XMM 7260 LTE modem that offers transfer speeds up to 300 Mb/s.
Source: Tech Report