Leaked: Intel Atom 'Bay Trail-T' roadmap details next-gen tablet SoC processors

Leaked: Intel Atom 'Bay Trail-T' roadmap details next-gen tablet SoC processors

Summary: A leaked Intel roadmap shows the company's shift to 22-nanometer architecture, quad-cores, HD 4000 graphics with DirectX 11 support, and an all-important increase in battery life.


Information related to Intel's next-generation Valley View-T platform has leaked, revealing details of the upcoming Bay Trail-T SoC (System-on-a-Chip) that will be at the heart of the new silicon family.

Bay Trail-T is the follow-on for Intel's Clover Trail platform, but with a number of improvements. First, it is based on 22-nanometer architecture as opposed to Clover Trail's 32-nanometer architecture, which, according to the roadmap, means half the power consumption.

The leaked Intel documents suggest that video battery life is up, from about 9 hours for Clover Trail to more than 11 hours for Bay Trail-T hardware.

The number of cores have also been bumped from two to four, though since Intel has ditched Hyper-Threading the number of threads stays at four. Despite this, the core increases, combined with a clock speed boost from 1.5GHz to a far more respectable 2.1GHz, offer a 50 to 60 percent performance improvement.

Bay Trail-T also offers support for 3D cameras and USB 3.0. The processor is also fully compatible with Windows 8.

Powering the graphics side of the SoC is the HD 4000 chip found inside the Ivy Bridge processors, which offers DirectX 11 support, display resolutions up to 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, and boosts performance by at least three-fold. This puts Bay Trail-T well ahead of both Clover Trail and ARM's Cortex-A15 platform.

Some of the information contained in this leaked roadmap was previously revealed in documents leaked back in August.

I expect that Intel -- along with its hardware partners -- will start talking about Bay Trail-T hardware at CES 2013 in January.

Image source: Mobile Geeks.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Mobility, Processors, Tablets

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  • Another good news is Linux support.

    Which will be even better than current Intel SoCs offerings.

    Intel will also release their GPU driver as open source :D (binary blobs on socs are well, blobby ;) )

    This also mean that some more technical info is available in MESA, and Linux kernel source code, as Intel is working on Cloverwiev support for long time.
    • Linux support, no. Not really.

      What part of Microsoft's "Direct X 11" is confusing you? It has Microsoft patented GPU technologies embedded in the silicon. It is a "Windows first" chip.
  • A couple of years ago people laughed

    at the notion Intel would make an impact in the mobile sector, but look who's laughing now. Some analysts got it right....in 2013-2014 they bully their way into ARMs market share. Windows 8, blue or whatever they plan to call it by then will be there every step of the way.
    • Um, yeah

      I'm looking at the Christmas lineup and I see 100 models of Android tablet to put under my tree - and none of them have Intel silicon in them.

      We've been hearing this "Intel has a mobile chip that soon kills all!" story for six years now, but where is the product to put under the tree? Nowhere.

      How about you hold off on the "killer Intel mobile device soon" advertising until we've got our Christmas shopping done, or at least until Intel's hardware partners have some thing we can buy.
      • The tablet I bough has

        an Atom processor in it and has a battery life of about 10 hours. I have been pleasantly surprised with the performance as well. I see no reason why you wouldn't see Bay Trail atoms on more non-Windows 8 tablets in the future, especially if the performance is there. After all equivalent x86 processors usually destroy arm processors in everything but power usage.
        Sam Wagner
  • good

    now you can shut up A.K.H. tryed to tell you months ago but no what could i know.HaHaHa
  • Let's not assume the ARM camp is static

    Seems Intel has awakened. That's a good thing. What I really want to see is what Nvidia is looking to do along with the rest of the ARM camp. Sitting still letting Intel leapfrog them is not a likely outcome. Bay Trail is interesting. Let's wait to hear the counter and see if the ARM juggernaut can be displaced.
    • That is true.

      However, Intel is years ahead of many of the companies manufacturing arm processors in terms of manufacturing methods/techniques. Especially when some of the Intel chips will soon be moving to 14nm technology and most other foundries are having trouble manufacturing a chip smaller than 32nm. Even though some of them have move parts to 22nm they still have to combine it with 32nm parts as well. That could be a huge advantage for Intel.
      Sam Wagner