Moorefield, Intel’s New Smartphone Platform Based on Atom SoC, has Secretly Begun Shipping
The Russian site overclockers.ru has released some pretty interesting information about Intel's Atom Processors specifically the Moorefield platform. This platform is specifically targeted to the mobile sector, namely the tablet and android segments. The Moorefield platform boasts 4 cores (which is 2 more than Merrifield) and 64bit support all on 22nm.
Intel Atom Moorefield Processors Begin Shipping - Quad Cores on the 22nm Node
Now Merrifield is a completely new platform that Intel introduced specifically for the smart phone sector. Even though it is currently bleeding money out of Intel Corporation, the fact of the matter is that they need to keep moving forward to breach the barrier to entry. Before the actual leak, I think a brief intro is in order. The Moorefield platform, which is somewhat of a successor to Merrifield has SoCs that are 64 Bit Quad Cores. Its previous codename was Anniedale and is based on the Silvermont micro architecture. It does not support hyper threading and will have exactly 4 threads. Now information after this is somewhat hazy but Morganfield is supposed to succeed Moorefield on the 14nm node. Morganfield will make the shift to Goldmont micro architecture and was previously codenamed Broxton.
Now we have received about two Intel Moorefield SoC families. The Z34 and Z35 respectively. We now know that the Z3460, Z3530, Z3560 and Z3580 SoCs have begun shipping. We do not know the exact configurations of these processors but we do know the overall specification of the platform. There is one thing slightly weird about the specs though. All the data I have points to Moorefield being based on the Silvermont architecture but the specs say "new micro architecture". Since Merrifield was on Silvermont, either that's just PR buff or they might be shifting to Goldmont early on. Here are the specs:
- Clock Speed: Upto 2.3Ghz
- Cores: 4, Out of Order Execution
- Micro-architecture: New (?) Silvermont or Goldmont?
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 800Mhz
- Storage: 256 GB
- Camera: 13MP (1080p @60) Rear Facing and 2.1MP (Front Facing)
- OS: Android 4.4.2-L^2
- Cellular Support: There will be three variants 1) Intel XMM 7160 with LTE 150Mbps DL/HSPA+ 42Mbps. 2) Intel XMM 6360 with HSPA+ 42Mbps DSDS and 3) Intel XMM 7260 with CA (Carrier Aggregation)
— Usman Pirzada (@usmanpirzada) July 23, 2014