Intel launches its latest family of low-power SoCs, codenamed "Bay Trail"

Posted by Emory Kale
The "Bay Trail" family is based on Intel's "Silvermont" architecture announced in May 2013. The Atom Z3000 Processor Series ("Bay Trail-T") is the company's first mobile multi-core SoC. Other variants include new Pentium and Celeron processors ("Bay Trail"-M and -D) that targets the laptop and desktop market.
 
"Bay Trail" SoCs enable one hardware configuration that supports both Windows 8 and Android, ultimately offering OEMs broader choice of form factors at a range of price points.
 
"What we have delivered with our Bay Trail platform is an incredibly powerful SoC that delivers outstanding performance, long battery life, and a great experience for the way people use these devices today. It's an incredible leap forward," said Hermann Eul, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "With Bay Trail as the foundation, our OEM partners are bringing a wide variety of designs at a range of prices to delight consumers, business users and IT managers."
 
Atom Processor Z3000 Series (Bay Trail-T) features:
 
  • A More Powerful SoC – The new low-power, high-performance 22nm microarchitecture with an out-of-order execution engine. The SoC also includes Intel Burst Technology 2.0 with four cores, four threads and 2MB L2 cache. 
  • Advanced Graphics – Intel HD Graphics Technology with Intel Clear Video HD Technology offering triple the graphics capabilities of previous-generation Intel Atom processors. It also supports DX11. Support for display resolutions of up to 2560x1600, dual independent displays, Intel Quick Synch Video and Intel Wireless Display.
  • Ecosystem Flexibility – According to Intel, the Z3000 Series is the first mobile platform solution that supports both Windows 8 and Android, allowing device manufacturers to design once and offer multiple solutions to their customers. This flexibility also allows OEMs to offer a selection of slim and light Windows and Android devices that range from 7 to 11.6 inches and are as thin as approximately 8mm and under a pound at a variety of prices. 
  • Lowest Power – Intel claims to have managed to get double the CPU performance while maintaining the same low-power thermal envelope, enabling devices as thin as approximately 8mm that remain cool to the touch while holding them or using them on your lap.
  • Battery Life – More than 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby. 
  • Secure Environment – A more robust security engine and support for McAfee DeepSAFE, a digital life protection suite that keeps online identities private, protects from phishing attacks and keeps data secure.
  • Business-Ready Experience – Tablets running on the newest Intel Atom SoC have full application and peripheral compatibility and enterprise-grade management with support for Windows Pro features such as Domain Join and Group Policy. Intel will release a version of the SoC with 64-bit support in the first quarter of 2014. It will include no VPN password with Intel Identity Protection Technology with PKI2.
  • Advanced Connectivity on the Go – Intel Wireless Display, Miracast and Microsoft Instant Go for long battery life while keeping content fresh in standby.
Intel Bay Trail SOC Block Diagram
 
The “Bay Trail M” line will be available in four SKUs: Intel Pentium N3510 and Intel Celeron N2910, N2810 and N2805 processors:
 
  • Ability to power innovative detachable and convertible devices as well as touch-enabled notebooks at lower price points, as well as fanless designs less than 11mm thin and less than 2.2 pounds with up to 8 hours of battery life.
  • Up to two times faster performance in productivity applications and up to three times improvement in graphics over the previous Pentium and Celeron processors for these devices.
  • Systems running on these series will start from $199 for a clamshell device, $250 for a notebook with touch capabilities and $349 for a 2 in 1 device.
 
 
The “Bay Trail D” line will be available in three SKUs: Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850 and Intel Celeron J1750, and are Intel’s smallest-ever package for desktop processors:
 
  • Ability to support fanless designs, opening the way for smaller form factors for entry-level desktop computing and vertical uses such as intelligent digital displays.
  • Up to three times faster performance than the previous processors in these devices.
  • Systems running on these series will start at $199.