Intel's system-on-a-chip design for small devices is slated to go quad core.
Leaked Intel documents, dated 15 August, have appeared on a Chinese-language website and indicates that Intel's next-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be offered in configurations that include quad-core, a first for Intel's Atom chip design, according to a report at CPU World.
At the risk of wading too deeply into a codename quagmire, the Atom 22-nanometer architecture is dubbed "Silvermont" and the SoCs are referred to as "ValleyView".
The chips will also reportedly get punched-up graphics. ValleyView SoCs will integrate a graphics processing unit (GPU) sporting four "Gen 7" graphics engines, which will offer up to a seven-fold increase in performance, compared to the GPU on E600 series Atoms, according to CPU World. The SoCs will also boast an integrated Imagination decode unit.
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ValleyView chips will also incorporate a host of other features, including either a dual or single channel memory controller, support for up to 8 GB of DDR3L-1066 or 1333 memory, camera interface and image coprocessor. The display controller will include VGA and HDMI interfaces.
Supported input/output interfaces include SATA 2 and USB 2.0/3.0.
The chips are due in the second half of 2013, according to the documents.