Intel's Windows 8-based Clover Trail processor detailed

Intel, still smarting a bit from reports that its CEO said that Windows 8 still needed some improvements, today revealed more information about its processor that will be used inside a number of Windows 8-based tablet. The processor's official name is the Atom Z2760, but it is better known by its code name Clover Trail.

Intel's press release today said that it developed the dual-core based Clover Trail to work specifically for Windows 8. It claims that tablets with the chip inside will have " ... long battery life with more than 3 weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of local HD video playback." The chip is also supposed to support security features such as Secure Boot and Intel's own firmware-based Platform Trust Technology (PTT).

The press release states:

Tablets and tablet convertibles powered by Intel Atom processors and running Windows 8 deliver a highly intuitive and responsive experience using touch, keyboard and mouse or a pen, while providing capabilities such as Intel Burst Technology, Intel Hyper-threading Technology. Utilizing the multitasking capability of Intel architecture, people will experience incredibly fast response, allowing them to swiftly load and switch among their favorite applications.

Windows 8-based tablets that will use Clover Trail can be designed to be as thin as 8.5mm and as light as 1.5 pounds, according to Intel. Tablets from HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, ZTE and others will have the Atom Z2760 processor inside when they launch in late October.

Source: Intel press release

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Wang030 said,
At first, I was interested in Clover Trail, then I read it's an Atom. /s

it's for making a Low Power PC capable of running most of your Apps as it wouldn't run Windows RT and it would be in a Low price

so it's for Mid range prices between Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft Surface

Wang030 said,
At first, I was interested in Clover Trail, then I read it's an Atom. /s

And?

Do you know the performance of Clover Trail, or even the earlier 270 Atoms?

The 270 Atom is faster than a P4 3.4ghz, yet people are still using desktops and laptops with this processor.

The CloverTrail hits at performance of similar clocked Duo Core CPUs and AMD Athlon X2.
People will be able to play a lot of games, from WoW to even Guild Wars 2 on these CPUs.

So it may be a 'low' end CPU, but with really good battery life and still has FAR better performance than ARM CPUs.

I'm no Intel cheerleader, and am anxious to see what AMD has around the corner, but these are nothing to sneeze at. (And they are going to perform well under Windows 8, even our older Atom 270 netbooks are 1.5x faster under Windows 8 than XP/Win7.

thenetavenger said,

I'm no Intel cheerleader, and am anxious to see what AMD has around the corner, but these are nothing to sneeze at. (And they are going to perform well under Windows 8, even our older Atom 270 netbooks are 1.5x faster under Windows 8 than XP/Win7

AMD already has something at X2/Core 2 Duo level that runs circles around the still current gen Atom, even at lower frequencies (the C-50 at 1ghz for example, slightly better CPU, way better GPU).
Yes, AMD still has issues with power consumption, but I expect them to fix that on next gen. The Z-series is supposed to run at just 4.5w, so it's just a matter of seeing how much performance they can squeeze into that power envelope.

gonchuki said,
Yes, AMD still has issues with power consumption, but I expect them to fix that on next gen. The Z-series is supposed to run at just 4.5w, so it's just a matter of seeing how much performance they can squeeze into that power envelope.

On the release of Win 8, AMD will have nothing that remotely comes close to Clover Trail with power consumption. The best AMD have now and on Windows 8 release day is their current E series CPU's that are 18W. Clover Trail is 2 - 3W. Thats ARM territory. Even in the future when AMD get there 4.5W parts out they will still be behind Intel and ARM for power consumption. Maybe they can help make up for it with better GPU performance. But for power consumption and battery life i cant see AMD competing for the foreseeable future, i can only see Intel improving further with their smaller manufacturing process.