Today Intel has announced its Silvermont architecture which reportedly will be the basis for the new mobile chips from this company. Chips based on this architecture will offer greater performance and better power consumption in mobile devices. The next generation Merrifield smartphone chips, based on this architecture, will offer performance that is at par with Intel’s Clover Trail+ albeit with just one-fifth of the total power consumption. The chip is capable of providing up to eight processing cores as opposed to the existing Atom chips which can only provide a maximum of two cores.

Silvermont “Bay Trail” chips, which will be exclusively manufactured for tablets and smartphones, will make use of two to four processing cores. Intel will become the first semiconductor company that ships mobile processors made on the 22nm fabrication process, chips that are developed on this process are said to improve performance by as much as three times. It remains to be seen how and exactly when Qualcomm responds to this development, perhaps they’ve already got something along the same lines hidden up their sleeves. [Image via AndroidPolice]

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