Intel unveils new mobile chipsets for 2014. 64-bit, LTE support, up to 2.33 GHz quad-core
Qualcomm isn’t the only mobile chipset maker that unveiled new offerings today – Intel did too. Intel has been trying to make a name for itself in the mobile space for many years now, yet its chips are still confined mostly to midrangers sporting brands most people outside of a few emerging markets have never heard of. That said, lately Intel did get Asus and Samsung to use some of its CPUs in some of their products, so the company nicknamed Chipzilla in the PC world is certainly persistent.
And it will have two high-end chipsets out this year – both 64-bit, and both LTE-capable. First we’ll see Merrifield, which will come in two iterations: the Atom Z3460 and the Atom Z3480. The former will have a maximum clock speed of 1.6 GHz, and the latter will take that all the way up to 2.13 GHz. Both of these are dual-core parts. Merrifield will be available in the first half of the year, though that probably means it will be available to device makers in this time frame. Actual handsets powered by it may take longer to arrive.
In some carefully selected benchmarks, Intel has shown the Atom Z3480 processor to outperform both the Apple A7 from the iPhone 5S as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 (though this is the original MSM8974 version, not the newer AB iteration or the Snapdragon 801).
In the second half of 2014, Intel’s main offering will be Moorefield. This too shall come in two versions. The Atom Z3560 will be a quad-core 1.8 GHz part, and the Atom Z3580 will be a quad-core 2.33 GHz chipset.