Intel officially unveils Atom Merrifield and Moorefield 64-bit processors

February 24, 2014
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MWC 2014 is now in full swing, and there’s certainly a lot going on. While most of our coverage has centered around new tablets and smartphones, there’s more to MWC than just new mobile devices. Case and point, Intel is here at the event and has officially announced two new 64-bit Intel Atom CPUs that will be making their way to Android devices later this year: Merrifield and Moorefield.

Both 64-bit CPUs support LTE and promise to greatly enhance performance on mobile devices when compared to past-gen Intel Atom processors

The former of these processors is a dual-core CPU that is officially designated as the Atom Z3480. The 64-bit SoC is based on Intel’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, runs at 2.13Ghz and will reportedly offer improved battery life over current mobile-targeted Intel processors. The first devices to ship with the Z3480 are expected to arrive in the first half of this year.

As for the latter SoC, Moorefield is a quad-core 64-bit processor that runs at 2.3GHz, has an enhanced GPU and will add support for faster types of memory.

Both 64-bit CPUs support LTE and promise to greatly enhance performance on mobile devices when compared to past-gen Intel Atom processors. It’s clear that Intel is really starting to take the mobile market seriously, even if it hasn’t exactly made a major dent in the Android world just yet. Of course, we are starting to see more budget devices adopting Intel processors in order to bring us a lower price tag, which could greatly expand the x86 architecture’s popularity in the mobile world.

In order to further expand its presence in the Android world (and mobile space in general), Intel has announced multi-year agreements with Asus, Lenovo and Foxconn to produce a variety of Intel-powered phones and tablets this year. Many of these devices will be focused on the entry-level side of the market.

What do you think, can Intel eventually become a more important player in the mobile space, or will ARM-based SoCs continue to dominate into the forseeable future?

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