Intel Outs "Bay Trail" Atom Z3000 Series SoCs for Tablets

Intel announced its Atom Z3000 "Bay Trail" line of SoCs for some of the bigger handhelds, 7-inch and upward. Built on the 22 nm silicon fabrication process, and based on the "Silvermont" micro-architecture, these chips offer higher per-core performance than anything ARM.

Atom Z3000 is precisely codenamed "Bay Trail-T," compared to Pentium and Celeron "Bay Trail-D" and "Bay Trail-M" variants. It's scaled down, designed for lower PCB footprints, and TDPs well under the 5W mark, closer to 3W. That would put these chips precariously close to the likes of Snapdragon 800, Exynos Octa 5420, etc. The chips are available with dual- and quad-core CPUs, at clock speeds as high as 2.40 GHz, and integrated Intel HD graphics, which can handle display resolutions as high as 2560 x 1600 pixels.

The chip is based on Intel x86 64-bit machine-architecture, and will support everything from the upcoming Windows 8.1, to Android. Devices based on the chip can be priced as low as $199. Apart from 7-inch and upward tablets, Intel believes the chip will fly well with low-cost convertibles. The first devices running it should begin surfacing only in 2014.