Valleyview2 Intels Valleyview Atom SoC will come in multiple SKUs

We've already reported on the basic information that has leaked so far about Intel's upcoming Valleyview Atom SoC, but it appears that Intel is planning a range of SKUs for various markets according to information that has reached VR-Zone. In fact, the information that was leaked is with regards to Valleyview together with the information we've received points towards a replacement for the embedded E600 series of Atom processors which makes sense considering Advantech's roadmaps.

We've already reported on the basic information that has leaked so far about Intel's upcoming Valleyview Atom SoC, but it appears that Intel is planning a range of SKUs for various markets according to information that has reached VR-Zone. In fact, the information that was leaked is with regards to Valleyview together with the information we've received points towards a replacement for the embedded E600 series of Atom processors which makes sense considering Advantech's roadmaps.

Let's start by clearing up the naming scheme a little bit, as Valleyview or Valleyview 2 as the embedded version is known as, is the name of the Atom core and not the actual SoC.  The SoC is known as Bay Trail, in the same way as the Cedarview core being part of the Cedar Trail processor. Intel will be offering two versions of Bay Trail, one for standard desktop style applications and in-car infotainment systems as well as one intended for battery optimized usage. We're not entirely sure if there will be a consumer version, but Intel did at least have a Valleyview Atom core at some point, so it's possible that Intel will offer up a future Atom D or N model, but we'll just have to wait and see how things develop.

As for Valleyview 2/Bay Trail we're looking at a highly integrated 22nm SoC that will feature two or four cores. As revealed in the previous leak, we're looking at vastly improved performance and as you can see from the picture below, we're talking four to seven times the performance, albeit this is expected to be over the Atom E600 series which featured a 400MHz version of the PowerVR SGX 535 core from Imagination Technologies, so it might not be quite as impressive as first thought.

Valleyview2 Intels Valleyview Atom SoC will come in multiple SKUs

Most of the NM10 IOH has been integrated into Valleyview 2/Bay Trail and as such the new SoC will have four PCI Express 2.0 lanes integrated directly into the chip package. The NM10 IOH only supports four PCI Express 1.0 lanes, so this should allow for improved performance when connected to PCI Express add-in cards and peripheral chipsets.

The SoC also sports a pair of SATA 3Gbps ports, SDIO support, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, of which one supports USB 3.0 OTG, a built in Gigabit Ethernet MAC and as previously mentioned support for DisplayPort, eDP and HDMI output. Some SKUs will also supports the MIPI-DSI display interface and the MIPI-CSI interface for cameras. Intel has also added Blu-ray playback support for automotive entertainment solutions.

 The battery operated SKUs will only support LPDDR2 memory, but the general SKUs will support DDR3L memory and even have ECC support as reported earlier. Valleyview 2 will as far as we're aware be the first Atom core to support dual channel memory – note that ECC memory is only support in single channel – and it will also be the first Atom core to support up to 8GB of memory. It almost looks as if Intel is finally getting ready to drop its Celeron processors and bring its Atom chips up into its more grown up processor family, at least if the features of Valleyview2/Bay Trail is anything to go by.