Intel Catches up With Apple, Unveils Moorefield & Merrifield 64-bit Chips [MWC 2014]
During a special event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel has finally caught with Apple, finally unveiling its own 64-bit chip support for smartphones and tablets, codenamed Merrifield and Moorefield. More details about it below.
Intel launched the latest 64-bit Intel Atom Processor ‘Merrifield’ for smartphones and tablets and thr next-generation 64-bit quad core Atom processor for Android mobile devices ‘Moorefield’. We will focus on describing Merrifield, since that’s the one that will probably make its way into future Windows 8 tablets and touch devices. ‘Merrifield’ is based on Intel’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, runs at 2.13GHz, and will offer improved battery life for the upcoming devices.
The next-generation Windows tablets to get powered by Intel’s latest chips
64 bit computing is moving from the desktop to the mobile device. Intel knows 64-bit computing, and we’re the only company shipping 64-bit processors for mobile devices today capable of supporting both Android and Microsoft Windows
The chip maker says that devices with Merrifield will get launched in the second quarter of this year. Intel will partner with Lenovo, Asus, and Foxconn for the release of future devices with the 64-bit architectures. There will be both Android and Windows devices that will make use of the new technology. When comparied tothe Z2580 Cloverfield+, we see important improvements, such as double the 2D graphics performance on a smaller 22nm and an upgrade in processor speed from 2Ghz to 2.13Ghz.
Also, support for up to 4GB of LPDDR RAM running at 533MHz will be increased from 2GB. Imagination Technology’s Power VR Series 6 GPU with quad-cluster 3D graphics will be included, too. According to Intel’s WW Client Benchmark manager Matt Dunford, the new Atom chips designed for smartphones are even faster than Apple’s A7 chip in the iPhone 5S and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor in the Samsung Galaxy S4, but we will have to see some real devices before we can jump to conclusions.
Moorefield CPUs will be able support up to 4GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, PowerVR graphics and13-MP cameras, so we can only hope that Intel will be selling them for cheap to OEMs. And if Microsoft decides to discount Windows 8 licensing fees, then we will soon witness even cheaper Windows 8 tablets getting launched on the market.
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