It wouldn’t be CES if there wasn’t an Intel release. Today they are releasing their latest 14 nm Cherry Trail SOC. Very little information has been released about this part, but it is the follow-up to the fairly successful Bay Trail. That particular part was a second generation 22 nm part that exhibited very good power and performance characteristics for the price. While Bay Trail was not as popular as Intel had hoped for, it did have some impressive design wins in multiple market sectors.
The next generation process technology from Intel will improve power and performance for the Cherry Trail parts as compared to previous products. It will work in both Windows and Android environments. While Cherry Trail is x86, Intel has been working very closely with Google to get Android to work effectively and quickly with a non-ARM based ISA.
Intel is shipping these parts to their partners for integration into phones, tablets, and small form factor computers. We had previously seen Bay Trail parts integrated into low cost motherboards with the J1800 and J1900 SKUs from Intel. We can expect these products to be refreshed with the latest Cherry Trail products that are being released today.
There is very little information being provided by Intel about the nuts and bolts of the Cherry Trail products. Intel promises to release more information once their partners start announcing individual products. We know that these parts will have improved graphics performance and will exist in the same TDPs as previous Bay Trail products. Other than that, feeds and speeds are a big question for this latest generation part.
These products will be integrating Intel’s RealSense technology. Password-less security, gestures, and 3D camera recognition are all aspects of this technology. I am sure we will get more information on how this technology leverages the power of the CPU cores and GPU cores in the latest Cherry Trail SOCs.
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custom socs, ARM based
custom socs, ARM based goodness all over my face, commodity pricing, i just came in my pants and will let you all know with a lengthy essay. Work done ARM fan boy… no need for your obnoxious comment now
Just wondering, will they
Just wondering, will they actualy sell these or did they design this one to give away too? the x86 android tablets have been great at $100, but are they gona be just as good with at $200 without a free cpu inside?
I hope there are some tablets
I hope there are some tablets that come out that actually have 4GB of RAM. I have a Dell Venue 11 pro and it works pretty well considering that it only has 2GB of RAM. A little more GPU power and the full 4GB and you would have a pretty great low end gaming tablet.