Intel Announce Details of New Atom Smartphones

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on Feb 27, Intel announced details of some new Atom based products from their partners, including a Smartphone from Orange based on the Atom Z2460 Processor reference design. They also announced the Atom Z2580 processor, although details of that are still pretty vague.

The Atom Z2460 is a 1.6 GHz single core processor with Hyperthreading and Burst Performance Technology. It has on-chip 512KB L2 cache, integrated graphics and several other embedded components, and is built on a 32 nm process. Intel have also announced that the Atom platform will now support processor speeds up to 2 GHz, and that Z2580 will have double the performance of Z2460 when it becomes available.

Another product, Z2000, is aimed at the value smartphone market, which Intel say industry sources expect to sell up to 500 million units by 2015. The CPU core will run at 1.0 GHz, supported by powerful graphics and video hardware. It will be able to access the internet and play Android games, and support an Intel XMM 6265 3G HSPA+ modem with dual SIMs (2g or 3G).

Intel expect to be shipping Z2000 samples by mid 2012, with Z2580 expected to be sampling by the second half of 2012. Products based around both processors are expected to be shipping in the first half of 2013.

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