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.
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."