Intel Adds 64-bit Atom "Merrifield" and "Moorefield" Chips to Mobile Portfolio

Paul Lilly

New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector

The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor , otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.

Intel's Z3480 SoC is built on a 22nm manufacturing process and is based on the company's Silvermont architecture. It has a maximum frequency of 2.13GHz and boasts a PowerVR G6400 GPU for up to 4x better graphics performance compared to Intel's Z2580 processor.

"Sixty-four bit computing is moving from the desktop to the mobile device," Intel president Renee James said . "Intel knows 64-bit computing, and we're the only company currently shipping 64-bit processors supporting multiple operating systems today, and capable of supporting 64-bit Android when it is available."

Intel also disclosed details about its Moorefield part (Z35XX), which it expects to be available in the second half of the year. Moorefield builds on Merrifield by adding two additional Intel Architecture (IA) cores for up to 2.3GHz of compute performance, an enhanced GPU (PowerVR 6430), faster memory support, and optimizations for Intel's 2014 LTE platform, the Intel XMM 7260.

In addition to new parts, Intel said it inked mulit-year agreements with Lenovo, Asus, and Foxconn to expand the availability of Intel-based mobile devices.

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