Last month Intel announced Atom Z2460 chip from Medfield platform, oriented at smartphones and other mobile devices. Later this year the company will introduce other Medfield processors, or, to be more correct, systems-on-a-chip. Some details of one of these SoCs, that will use Atom branding and Z2610 processor number, were revealed by Fudzilla yesterday.
According to Fudzilla, Atom Z2610 will be built on 32nm process, and it will integrate a number of components, including Atom CPU, SGX 540 graphics, video decoding and encoding units, video and audio units, security engine, USB 2.0 controller, and other I/O controllers. On-chip powerVR graphics will support 2D and 3D acceleration. Video encoding and decoding units will be powerful enough to handle 1080p data encoding or 1080p dual-stream decoding. The SoC is going to support low-power DDR2 memory. No details on the CPU part of the SoC are known at this time.
Intel's reference design with Atom Z2610 will work with Android 4.0, and presumably will have battery life on a par with ARM tablets and mobile devices. The Z2610 SoC should be launched in the second quarter 2012.
Update (Feb 21): VR-Zone disclosed more details about Atom Z2610 tablet-oriented microprocessor. According to their sources, this CPU has very similar features to previously announced Z2460 with a few minor exceptions. Atom Z2460 operates at 100 MHz in the lowest frequency mode, and the Z2610 is reported to have 600 MHz LFM frequency. The difference in LFM frequency will result in a little higher average power consumption of the Z2610. Considering that tablets utilize battery packs with much higher capacities than smartphones, slightly higher TDP will cause hardly noticeable loss of battery life. VR-Zone hasn't explicitly revealed base frequency of the Z2610. Presumably it is 1.3 GHz, that is the same as on the Z2460 chip. Additionally, both Z2460 and Z2610 models have identical 1.6 GHz maximum burst frequency. As a result, we can expect similar level of performance from both processors, however the Z2610 may perform somewhat faster, owning to potentially longer operation in burst mode due to better cooling.
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Atom D2550 to launch in March
Intel Cedar Trail platform for netbooks, nettops and mobile devices was introduced last fall, and at the launch time it consisted of two desktop D2500 and D2700 "Cedar View" microprocessors. In December Intel released mobile N2600 and N2800 models, also based on Cedar View core. At about the same time, Cedar Trail datasheet on Intel website was updated with details of three unreleased CPUs. We recently learned from our sources that one of these upcoming microprocessors, Atom D2550, will be launched in March.
There are many similarities between soon to be released Atom D2550 and currently available Intel D2500. The processors have two CPU cores, each with its own 512 KB L2 cache. Atom D2500 and D2550 chips run at 1.86 GHz, support Intel 64 and SSE3 instructions, and have 10 Watt Thermal Design Power. Additionally, the D2550 sports Hyper-Threading technology, and higher 640 MHz frequency of integrated graphics controller. Atom D2550 will be launched in the first half of March. Official price of this CPU is not known.
Update (Feb 23): It is possible that our source, that placed the launch of Atom D2550 CPU in the second week of March, was incorrect. According to VR-Zone, who seem to have more recent information, the D2550 will be released on February 26.