Intel has announced today the details regarding their new Atom processor, the Z2760, which is "built for Windows 8 tablets." The new device remains under the Atom market name as it is a lower power part, designed to sip power in thin and cool devices, such as the upcoming Windows 8 devices.
It comes with the following key features and capabilities:
- High-Performance Dual-Core Processor - The Intel Atom processor Z2760 is a dual-core, four-thread, up to 1.80 GHz processor featuring Intel® Burst Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.
- Intel Burst Technology - Enables the processor to dynamically burst to higher performance, making it possible to provide on-demand, higher performance in small device form factors.
- Intel Hyper-Threading Technology - Intel Hyper-Threading Technology provides performance and support for multi-threaded applications, helping to deliver increased performance and system responsiveness in today's multitasking environments by enabling the processor to execute two instruction threads in parallel.
- System-on-Chip (SoC) Process Technology - The Intel Atom Processor Z2760 uses 32nm process technology with second-generation high-k metal gate transistors.
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator - Integrated graphics with up to 533 MHz graphics core frequency and hardware acceleration support for 1080p video encode and decode.
- Internal/External Display - Support for one internal MIPI-DSI or LVDS display in additional to one external HDMI* 1.3 display.
- Integrated Memory Controller and LPDDR2 Support - An integrated 32-bit dual-channel memory controller offers fast memory read/write performance through efficient pre-fetching algorithms, low latency and high memory bandwidth. The Intel Atom Processor Z2760 includes support for LPDDR2, 800 MT/s data rates, up to 2 GB.
- Storage - Embedded Multimedia Card 4.41 (eMMC 4.41).
- Power Management - Uses low power idle standby states (S0ix) to support Microsoft Connected Standby.
- Camera and Image Signal Processor (ISP) - Integrated ISP with support for a primary camera (up to 8MP) and secondary camera (up to 2.1MP).
- Security - Secure Boot, with firmware-based Intel Platform Trust Technology (fTPM).
- I/Os - GPIOs, USB 2.0, I2C, UART, SPI, SDIO 2.0, MIPI* DSI and MIPI* CSI.
- Compact Co-PoP Package - A compact 14mm x 14mm design with support for LPDDR2 customer-owned package on package.
- Platform Sensors - Support for GPS, accelerometer / compass combination, hardware sensor hub, ALS, SARS, and proximity and thermal sensors
We'll have to wait and see just how well the new device performs. The feature that strikes me as the most important/interesting/curious is the "Intel Burst Technology." This sounds like it is TurboBoost under a different name, though I have a feeling it may do something different than TurboBoost.
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