Feb 25th, 2013

Intel has been making steady progress in its mobile ambitions, and the company has taken another step today. Intel announced the launch of its Clover-Trail+ platform, a dual-core 32nm atom chipset that comes in 2.0GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.2GHz flavors. All models will feature Hyperthreading, and a GMA GPU clocked at 533MHz should prove to be quite decent for gaming, HD video playback, and more.

The chipset will support camera sensors up to 16 megapixels, and burst mode implementations will provide 15 frames-per-second (though the sensor will be limited to 8 megapixels for that mode). You can also expect support for resolutions up to 1900×1200, so these fancy ultra HD tablets we’ve been seeing lately will be accommodated quite nicely.

Intel looks to skip the 28nm train as its next step will be 22nm SoCs, and that particular innovation will be here later this year. With that, Intel’s also announcing that ASUS, Lenovo, and ZTE will be among the first partners to adopt Clover-Trail+. Intel has also debuted its multi-purpose LTE modem, the XMM 7160, that will enable smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks with 4G LTE and 3G connectivity. This should help Intel greatly as it looks to break into major LTE markets like the United States and other parts of the world.

Intel’s chipsets have never been that powerful on the mobile side of things, and the latest is not being touted on the same level as NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Samsung’s Exynos Octacore, or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S800, but it should bring a very affordable and power efficient option for smartphone vendors looking to keep costs down. It’ll be interesting to see how this performs in real-world usage, but we’ll have to wait just a tad longer to get a taste of that for ourselves. Head to the source link for full press details.


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