Intel’s Atom Z670 CPU lands alongside the SM35 chipset

oak trail Intels Atom Z670 CPU lands alongside the SM35 chipset

It's been a long time coming, but Intel's tablet and fanless netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finally launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and the SM35 chipset. We're looking at quite a few changes here, even compared to Intel's previous Z-series Atom processors and the SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waiting for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, you'll have to keep waiting, as that's what Intel's 32nm Cedar Trail will bring later this year.

It's been a long time coming, but Intel's tablet and fanless netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finally launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and the SM35 chipset. We're looking at quite a few changes here, even compared to Intel's previous Z-series Atom processors and the SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waiting for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, you'll have to keep waiting, as that's what Intel's 32nm Cedar Trail will bring later this year.

The Atom Z670 CPU will be joined by the Z650 CPU and the only difference here is clock speeds where the Z670 is clocked at 1.5GHz and the Z650 at 1.2GHz. Both models are single core with Hyper-Threading support and 512KB of L2 cache. Both models are 32-bit CPUs and have a limit of 2GB of single channel DDR2 800MHz memory. The TDP is a mere 3W, although this is still far from the best Atom processors and even last year's Atom Z625 which is also clocked at 1.5GHz comes in at 2.2W, although the two new additions measures the same 13.8×13.8 as the earlier Z600-series Atom processors.

oak trail Intels Atom Z670 CPU lands alongside the SM35 chipset

Intel claims that the new Atom processors will handle 1080p video playback thanks to an integrated hardware accelerated video decoder which is part of the Intel GMA 600 which is part of the Z600-series Atom processors. We should also see improved battery life thanks improved SpeedStep support and more advanced Deeper Sleep power states. The new CPUs as well as the SM35 chipset are all based on Intel's 45nm fabrication process.

The SM35 chipset brings with it lower power usage and a smaller package at 14x14mm compared to 17x17mm for the previous generation chipset. Intel has stripped out a lot of features here though, such as PCI Express which is nowhere to be found. On the other hand the SM35 still offers SATA support which makes it an ideal candidate for a wide range of SSD solutions. It's also offers up to four USB 2.0 ports, Intel HD audio support, HDMI 1.3a support as well as SDIO 2.0 and eMMC 4.3 support.

We should hopefully be getting details of the first devices based on the new platform very shortly, as IDF Beijing kicks off later today and we'd expect at least some of Intel's partners to show off their new products there. Intel has already announced that Evolve III, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Motion Computer, Razer and Viliv have a range of products which will start to arrive from next month based on the Oak Trail platform. The question is if the Oak Trail platform will be enough for now to counter the onslaught of ARM based tablets that has started to arrive in the market, although Intel's recent support for Google's Android platform might tip the scale to Intel's advantage, at least more so than Windows 7 and MeeGo, simply based on the wide uptake of Android and general consumer acceptance.

Source: Intel

 

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