Intel reveals new Atom chips for smartphones and tablets

Intel has designed many of its processors to run Windows but today, the company announced a new chip in its Atom family that's been made to run smartphones and tablets made for Google's Android OS; he chip was previously known by its code name Clover Trail+.

Intel's press release states that the new dual core Atom processor comes in three different models: the Z2580, Z2560, Z2520. The clock speeds for the chips are, respectively, 2.0 GHz, 1.6 GHz and 1.2GHz. The processor also has an Intel graphics chip that runs at up to 533MHz in boost mode.

Intel adds:

The new Atom platform also brings advanced imaging capabilities, including support for two cameras, with a primary camera sensor up to 16 megapixels. The imaging system also enables panorama capture, a 15 frame-per-second burst mode for 8 megapixel photos, real-time facial detection and recognition, and mobile HDR image capture with de-ghosting for clearer pictures in flight.

The new "Clover Trail+" processor will be used in Android-based tablets and smartphones made by Lenovo, Asus and ZTE. Epic Games has also released a demo of its Unreal Engine 3-based Epic Cidetial program that runs on the new Intel Atom chip.

Even as "Clover Trail+" is being announced, Intel is working on the next low powered Atom processor, which has the code name "Bay Trail." Intel says, "The 'Bay Trail' platform, scheduled to be available for holiday 2013, is already up and running on Windows and Android and will help enable new experiences in designs as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby."

Source: Intel

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the 1.8Ghz variant clover trail + GPU is a SGX544 with 2 cores ,each clocked at 533Mhz.

The Apple A6 chip in the iphone 5 has a SGX 543 with 3 cores,each clocked at around 300Mhz.

Seeing as the 544 is newer than the 543,and clocks speeds in consideration, looks like better GPU performance than the iphone5 GPU.

Of course,there are 2 other models of clover trail +, the 1.6Ghz variant that clocks the GPU cores at 400Mhz,and the 1.2Ghz one that clocks the GPU cores at 300Mhz.

Bay Trail is going to be a beast though. GPU is ivy bridge based,and will probably be 7 times faster,with DX 11.1 and all that good stuff.

What happened to the quad-core Atom for Windows 8 tablets, if they could make a £400 with one of those inside I would buy it.

mine last 5 days on, light usage on screen but bluettoth on 2 hours per day and audio playing through it (on 2g networks) and it happens to be an intel atom (the one inside RAZRi XT890)

all-day battery life and weeks of standby.

This is always the claim.
I don't know of a single smartphone that actually realizes all-day battery life with heavy use that doesn't require hobbling the device by turning all the extraneous sensors off.

Let me leave bluetooth, nfc, gps on, play a 60fps game for an hour, get in 20 >5min calls and still have enough juice for a 75km commute with GPS on.

While the processor on its own may be capable, adding everything else into the phone will result in the same sub-par performance we've all come to live with in this 'smartphone' era.

Good to see Intel pushing out more chips that are good on power but don't sacrifice performance in the process. Still these being x86 and with WP8 running on NT I'm wondering if we'll see a device with that OS in the future.

Personally I'd love to see a device like the just announced Asus Padfone that runs the WP UI on the phone and then when docked has the Windows 8 UI. If you could have 128GB of storage in the dock and all of the features of a Surface, It could become your complete mobile solution. Interesting times ahead.

Drewidian said,
Personally I'd love to see a device like the just announced Asus Padfone that runs the WP UI on the phone and then when docked has the Windows 8 UI. If you could have 128GB of storage in the dock and all of the features of a Surface, It could become your complete mobile solution. Interesting times ahead.

Yeah, that'd be very interesting if possible. Actually one of the newest rumors around the blue updates is that they are working on allowing you to run WP apps on Win8 snapped to the side or in some windowed fashion. If they pull that off it'd automatically give a boost to Windows RT tablets and make a padfone like you want even more possible.