"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments", stated Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer. "Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including 'Bay Trail' and 'Avoton' is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence."
The Silvermont micro-architecture delivers industry-leading performance-per-watt efficiency. The highly balanced design brings increased support for a wider dynamic range and seamlessly scales up and down in performance and power efficiency. On a variety of standard metrics, Silvermont also enables ~3x peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over the current-generation Intel Atom processor core.
Intel's Silvermont micro-architecture was designed and co-optimized with Intel's 22nm SoC process using revolutionary 3D Tri-gate transistors. By taking advantage of this industry-leading technology, Intel is able to provide a significant performance increase and improved energy efficiency.
Additional highlights of the Silvermont microarchitecture include:
"Through our design and process technology co-optimization we exceeded our goals for Silvermont", stated Belli Kuttanna, Intel Fellow and chief architect. "By taking advantage of our strengths in micro-architecture development and leading-edge process technology, we delivered a technology package that enables significantly improved performance and power efficiency - all while delivering higher frequencies. We're proud of this accomplishment and believe that Silvermont will offer a strong and flexible foundation for a range of new, low-power Intel SoCs."
Silvermont will serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products expected in market later this year. The performance-per-watt improvements with the new micro-architecture will enable a significant difference in performance and responsiveness for the compute devices built around these products.
Intel's quad-core "Bay Trail" SoC is scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets and will more than double the compute performance capability of Intel's current-generation tablet offering. Due to the flexibility of Silvermont, variants of the "Bay Trail" platform will also be used in market segments including entry laptop and desktop computers in innovative form factors.
Intel's "Merrifield" is scheduled to ship to customers by the end of this year. It will enable increased performance and battery life over current-generation products1 and brings support for context aware and personal services, ultra-fast connections for Web streaming, and increased data, device and privacy protection.
Intel's "Avoton" will enable industry-leading energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for microservers, storage and scale out workloads in the data centre. "Avoton" is Intel's second-generation Intel Atom processor SoC to provide full server product capability that customers require including 64-bit, integrated fabric, error code correction, Intel virtualization technologies and software compatibility. "Rangeley" is aimed at the network and communication infrastructure, specifically for entry-level to mid-range routers, switches and security appliances. Both products are scheduled for the second half of this year.
Concurrently, Intel is delivering industry-leading advancements on its next-generation, 22nm Haswell micro-architecture for Intel Core processors to enable full-PC performance at lower power levels for innovative "2-in-1" form factors, and other mobile devices available later this year. Intel also plans to refresh its line of Intel Xeon processor families across the data center on 22nm technology, delivering better performance-per-watt and other features.
"By taking advantage of both the Silvermont and Haswell microarchitectures, Intel is well positioned to enable great products and experiences across the full spectrum of computing", Dadi Perlmutter stated.