Bay Trail was Intel’s first out-of-order architecture for low-powered devices. Now, Bay Trail-T will mark the introduction of a 64-bit architecture to Intel’s tablet offerings. Integrated system-on-a-chip processors based on Bay Trail-T will feature four cores running at up to 2.1GHz, with DirectX 11-class integrated graphics and support for dual-channel DDR3 RAM. Initial SoC products, codenamed Valleyview, will be aimed at Android tablets and will enter the market as Intel Atom Z3xxx parts. Valleyview will feature improved HD video encoding and decoding, and will support display resolutions of up to 2560×1600.
Bay Trail-T is projected to offer performance gains of up to 60 percent compared to the previous generation Clover Trail. Typical devices with Bay Trail-T CPUs should be able to stay on standby for 20 days or play video for 11 hours between charges.
Merrifield will be the followup to Medfield, and will be known publicly as the Intel Atom Z34xx series. Two Merrifield SoCs are reportedly in the pipeline, but no further details are known yet. Intel will presumably detail the features and specifications of these processors at MWC.
Although Intel processors have started showing up in tablets running Android as well as Windows, the smartphone market has repeatedly eluded it. Merrifield will be a crucial product for the world’s largest chipmaker.
Intel has also been making substantial contributions to the Android codebase to get it up and running on 64-bit x86 processors.