At MWC 2014 in Barcelona Intel announced a number of new mobile and tablet chipsets dubbed Merrifield and Moorefield.
Merrifield is a dual-core system on chip (SoC) that will launch in the first half of this year. The second is a quad-core SoC called Moorefield. Both are set to use 64-bit architecture and Herman Eul, VP and general Manager of Communications at Intel, explained Intel's commitment to 64-bit “we will be accelerating 64-bit mobile adoption to allow for richer and faster application experiences – both for Android and Windows”.
There are some benefits that will come with the new chips and Intel has focussed in improving energy efficiency for longer battery life, better graphical performance and smarter advanced sensors.
Intel aims to massively increase the number of mobile devices with its processors inside in 2014. “We want to grow the number of Intel inside devices by 4 in 2014” said Eul - covering multiple operating systems and more than 87 tablet platforms.
As well as the new 2.13GHz Atom Merrifield and up to 2.3GHz Atom Moorefield mobile processors Intel announced two new 14nm chipsets. Cherry Trail is aimed at improving the performance and will be released before the end of the year whereas Broxton will be aimed at top spec hero devices and will be available mid-2015.
Intel also announced a slew of partnerships and agreements with the likes of Lenovo, Dell, Asus and Foxconn to produce tablets and smartphones with the new Atom processors.