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?

Comments

  • DJ Focus

    Looks awesome hope OEMs start using these. Also wondering about the GPUs on these? How do they stack up?

  • eliy hooo

    yes i also think the nu 62 cpu will be awsome more power and less heat and better batter

  • Trawl

    Following Apple’s footsteps I see

  • On a Clear Day

    Two ways to possibly look at it – well, more than two but those aren’t germane to the discussion.

    On the one hand, it is easy to see why a company that does jump in at the beginning of a new product’s “life” might have an advantage over those who tarry – greater name recognition, greater market share, established credibility – all things not to be discounted.

    On the other hand, history is replete with examples of companies that were first on the battle field – and because the reality – irrespective of actual competitive forces – ultimately threw up roadblocks no one – since it was a totally new market – could have even if the company’s leaders were more prescient than prescient – have anticipated. That instead of being just temporary “challenges/stumbling blocks” turned into insurmountable obstacles that drained, depleted and destroyed them.

    Sometimes coming into a market later – especially if they have a truly prescient leader – a Level 5 leader (see Jim Collin’s best seller Good to Great) – whose brain power truly is extraordinary, whose virve and ability to focus, understand, cogitate and the actuate his team with the power and force akin to a true military genius – such as Gen. George S. Patton, whom the Germans found out much to their ultimate dismay and demise – didn’t much care how great a legend they were in their own minds or that they were first on the battlefield; if a company by its good fortune is lead by such a man or woman, and if Intel does have such a man or woman at the helm?

    Then, we should all take a moment and say a silent prayer for their competition – because boys and girls – the adventure is about to begin! lol

  • MasterMuffin

    Smells like over 40000 in AnTuTu ;)

  • Groud Frank

    The Atom Z2580 on the Clover Trail+ platform wasn’t all that impressive but I’m excited about Merrifield, Moorefield and Cherry Trail(tablets,netbook, etc). Intel is working hard. As far as I know, all of the ARM based processors are stuck on 28nm while Merrifield is 22nm and Moorefield is a mind blowing 14nm.

    • wezi427

      I like the sound of the Moorefield. I wonder if these companies are trying force Google in to moving towards 64-bit.