Intel calls the Silvermont as its biggest innovation and rightfully so. The new architecture is versatile enough to power microservers to desktops to tablets, and will have a major impact on its mobility plans. The SoC is based on a 22nm process and Intel claims will have a significant reduction in power consumption but also significant improvement in performance. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Last-minute gift ideas if you have forgotten to get a present for your dad
The micro-architecture supports up to eight cores and will be able to power microservers to tablets and smartphones. Intel says the power efficiency can be implemented on individual subsets of the chipset including the application processor, the graphics processor and other elements. There seems to be some similarity with what Qualcomm calls asynchronous cores where it can manage the power management individually. Also Read - Realme GT 5G India launch confirmed for November, Realme Book coming by the end of 2021
Intel claims that the new Silvermont architecture offers multifold performance and power management benefits over the older Saltwell architecture. The notable thing to note here is that Intel is dropping support for hyperthreading. Also Read - Asus ZenBook 13 OLED UM325U review: Premium design, snappy performance
Intel is also claiming multifold performance and power management superiority over competing ARM chipsets both on smartphones and tablets. The company is not revealing the timelines for the launch of Merrifield and Bay Trail SoCs that would be running on the new Silvermont architecture but is only saying that the first tablets and smartphones would be launched later this year.
The chipmaker says it will offer customers multiple options – they can opt for low power SoCs that would enable thinner, smaller devices with a smaller battery or a high performance one when the device has a large footprint. There will be multiple SKUs available to choose from depending on the requirement.