One of the major selling points of Intel’s recently-released Haswell CPU lineup was its reduced power-consumption. But with news of a leak in Intel’s up-coming CPU list, it looks like we ain’t seen nothing’ yet.
Intel’s Atom CPU may have started out rather sedately back in 2008 at the height of the netbook boom, but it looks as though the chip giant will not only see its Bay Trail-codenamed CPUs appear as Atom-branded chips, you’ll see them as Celeron and Pentium processors as well – and not just in notebooks and tablets.
This table from German site ComputerBase gives you a detailed look at what’s coming up.
|Model||Platform||Cores||CPU clock||GPU clock||TDP|
|Atom E3810||Bay Trail-I||1||1.46 GHz||max. 400 MHz||5 W|
|Atom E3821||Bay Trail-I||2||1.33 GHz||max. 533 MHz||6 W|
|Atom E3822||Bay Trail-I||2||1.46 GHz||max. 667 MHz||7 W|
|Atom E3823||Bay Trail-I||2||1.75 GHz||max. 792 MHz||8 W|
|Atom E3840||Bay Trail-I||4||1.91 GHz||max. 792 MHz||10 W|
|Celeron N2805||Bay Trail-M||2||1.46 GHz||max. 667 MHz||4.5 W|
|Celeron N2810||Bay Trail-M||2||2.00 GHz||max. 756 MHz||7.5 W|
|Celeron N2910||Bay Trail-M||4||1.60 GHz||max. 756 MHz||7.5 W|
|Pentium N3510||Bay Trail-M||4||2.00 GHz||max. 750 MHz||7.5 W|
|Celeron J1750||Bay Trail-D||2||2.41 GHz||max. 792 MHz||10 W|
|Celeron J1850||Bay Trail-D||4||2.00 GHz||max. 792 MHz||10 W|
|Pentium J2850||Bay Trail-D||4||2.41 GHz||max. 792 MHz||10 W|
Bay Trail-I (I for Internet?) will be the Atom-branded offerings with ComputerBase believes will be for ‘industrial solutions’. Liliputing says ‘probably netbooks and tablets’. Given the low thermal design power (TDP) ratings here, both are likely to be right.
Bay Trail-M (M for Mobile?) will see light as a mix of Celeron and Pentium models far more likely to be used in notebooks and tablets with clock speeds of up to 2GHz and as many as four cores.
Bay Trail-D (D for desktop?) will be the top-of-the-tree options, mostly quad-core and with clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz.
All of these Intel Bay Trail CPUs will include integrated graphics but noticeably, all have TDPs of 10-watts or less, which should see them deliver long battery life.
The main question is just how well do these CPUs perform? ComputerBase is reporting early test results have emerged with the Android-based AnTuTu benchmark showing an unspecified ‘Bay Trail-T’ chip scoring 43,000 while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 hits a little under 36,000. If these figures are true, it tells us a couple of things -
1. Expect to see more Bay Trail gear running Android.
2. ARM (or at least Qualcomm) isn’t that far behind X86 architecture performance levels.
Sure, we’re talking about Atom X86 but it’ll be interesting to see how ARM fares over the next year or two and whether or not they can bridge the gap and maintain low power consumption.
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