Intel may be preparing to launch a low power Atom processor with the same graphics architecture found in the company’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chips. That would enable much better support for HD video and 3D graphics in future Atom processors, as well as better support for Linux-based operating systems.
Phoronix reports that Intel has released open source drivers for the new Intel Atom Valley View chips which will succeed Intel’s Cedar View platform.
The new drivers indicate that Intel is moving away from PowerVR graphics in its upcoming Atom chips, instead using the Intel HD 4000 Ivy Bridge graphics platform. While Ivy Bridge CPUs are expected to be only a little faster than today’s Sandy Bridge Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, word on the street is that we should expect as much as a 40 percent performance boost.
And that’s a boost over Sandy Bridge graphics… the difference should be even more noticeable in the low power Atom chip space.
If the information is accurate, it looks like this is what we can expect:
- 22nm architecture
- 1 to 4 processor cores
- Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM supported
- USB 3.0 port
- 4 times the graphics performance of current chips
It looks like we won’t see Valley View chips until the beginning of 2013 at the earliest.
The chips sound like they’d be great not only for netbooks and tablets but also low power media centers and or light-duty desktop PCs.