Intel quad-core SoC processors detailed in leaked documents

Intel quad-core SoC processors detailed in leaked documents

Summary: Leaked documents suggest that Intel's new Atom System-on-a-Chip processors will come in one, two, and four core variants, have clocks speeds ranging from 1.2GHz to 2.4GHz, and feature a 7th-generation GPU that is up to seven times faster than current Atom offerings.


Details of Intel's 22nm microarchitecture Atom processors have been revealed in a leaked document found on Baidu by German tech site ComputerBase.

The Atom SoC (System-on-a-Chip) processors, codenamed ValleyView, which are based on the Silvermont architecture, are part of Intel's Bay Trail platform and will be offered in four variants. The ValleyView-I will be aimed at industrial and automotive applications, ValleyView-D at desktop systems, ValleyView-T for mobile devices, and ValleyView-M for, believe it or not, netbooks.

The processors will be available in one, two, and four-core variants, with each core having 512MB of L2 cache, and in clocks speeds ranging from 1.2GHz to 2.4GHz.

While cores and clock speeds are important, where the ValleyView parts will really shine is in the graphics department. The new processors feature Intel's 7th generation graphics engine and will offer a performance increase of between four and seven times compared to the GPUs packed into the E600-series Atom parts.

The video decode rates of these GPUs will be fast enough to handle 1080p video at 60 frames per second with only a 5 percent load on the CPU. These processors will also be able to encode 1080p video, but at a more modest 30 frames per second.

The ValleyView SoCs will support up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and will support Intel HD audio, PCi-E 2.0, SATA 2.0 and, more importantly, USB 2.0 and 3.0.

According to the leaked document, the ValleyView parts will become available during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Image source: Intel/Baidu.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Processors

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  • MB? L2?

    512 megabytes of L2 cache per core? Really? 2 GB of combined L2 cache in a CPU that only supports 8 GB of main RAM?
    • MB?

      epobirs, I think that was a typo...if you look in the 3rd graphic image, under the 'CORE' listing, it shows 512Kb L2 cache per core. I was thinking the same thing until I noticed the correct spec in the image. :)
      • yea

        Def not 512MB, that would be insane.
  • Netbook still a reference point.

    Throw in a touchscreen and a pivoting display and a netbook is a low-end convertible tablet. So the designation still makes sense, especially in light of Windows 8 and the ARM competition running Windows RT and others.
  • Luxury

    In many developing countries Netbooks are still a luxury. There is lot of growth happening in these countries. Intel's offerings make sense.
  • Intel needs to accelerate availability, at least for the T

    Q4 is so late for mobile. And they need to bring the airmont forward too. The current schedule is fine for competing with amd but not for arm in mobile. Intel you need to get these both moved up, at least 1Q for silvermont and 2Q for airmont.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Why?

    It seems to me that Intel is dead set on keeping the x86 architecture alive, which, admittedly, is not terrible, but when will they really start investing in ARM? To my limited mindset, ARM seems to be the wave of the future, and once they release the 64bit ARM in a non-server form factor, I don't see how Intel will be able to compete (or for that matter, why they shouldn't start adopting ARM-based technology and licensing).
    • ARM doesn't have all the other pieces yet.

      I believe ARM it will be a while before ARM can compete with x86 even with 64 bit. It will probably be years before someone actually creates an implementation that has all of Intel's chipset capability. You have a lot of technology there. Remote management in Vpro. SSD hard drive caching, memory controller supporting various memory architectures e.g. ECC vs non-ECC. High-performance interconnect technology between processor chips, USB 3.0, Thunderbird, SATA, PCIe, Serious Floating Point and SIMD, AVX, Virtualization technology. All the while Intel's power requirements are going down. There is just recently the first implementation of A15 (still 32 bit)

      And once you add all of that ARMs power advantage is not likely that great.
      • Well Stated

        It also saves on companies paying out for the training, or hiring, of those who can write programs for the ARM architecture.

        ...and one benefit of the Atom architecture I can see is within a hybrid virtualization environment. If a business disperses smaller server installations, with a single server for a block of offices or floor in a building, thin clients for low end data processors could be implemented. Those thin clients would lower power consumption, and the dispersed environment would decrease climate control costs and increase survivability. Of course, this is just a theory that I have been wanting to work with.