Intel demoes first 64-bit tablet device, commercial availability in 2014
Intel demoed a tablet running the Silvermont 64-bit architecture for the first time during its investor meeting last week. Silvermont is the new low power SoC microarchitecture that is intended for tablets and mobile devices, with tablet devices under the Bay Trail family and mobiles under the Merrifield family.
During the conference, Intel claimed by utilizing a 64-bit architecture, there would be some gains in performance, which could be as high as 40 percent when using tools like Adobe Photoshop. Intel has always been staunchly behind the Windows platform, but this time around it might put its stake in Google.
Brian Krzanich, Chief Executive Officer of Intel, announced during the conference that tablets running the 64-bit Atom SoC on Windows 8.1 will be available in 2014, followed by a bevy of tablets that feature the same 64-bit processors for Android.
“What we are doing with our product roadmap and SoCs is that we drive to lower costs and profitable stages. But that is not enough. What we really want to do is to take a lot of the innovation and differentiation we are able to do up on the PC and bring that down into tablets,” Krzanich said.
Until now, 64-bit architecture on mobile systems has been nothing but a buzzword. But Intel’s Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of Intel’s software and services, said that 64-bit addressing on Android would pave the way for Ultra-HD video in mobile devices, and the increased memory allocation to more than 4 GB of RAM would allow for more visually intensive games.
Intel is also paying a lot of attention to the affordability of mobile devices and tablets running its processors, and Brian Krzanich has mentioned that tablets running Bay Trail will be available for as low as $150 this holiday season. The higher-end models would cost anywhere from $350 to $450. Intel intends to sell 40 million Atom processors for tablets in 2014, which would be a four-fold increase from the 10 million sales that have been projected for 2013.