Intel’s next-generation of processors aimed at affordable, low-power tablets is set to launch in the first half of 2015. Intel’s Cherry Trail chips will be the first Atom processors based on a 14 nanometer, system-on-a-chip architecture.

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The chip maker says Cherry Trail will offer faster graphics and longer battery life than the Bay Trail chips that have been powering tablets since late 2013. It also adds support for Intel RealSense technology — something that had previously been exclusive to Intel Core chips.

Intel is positioning Cherry Trail as a solution for both Windows and Android devices, and it can be paired with Intel’s XMM 726x modem to provide support for 4G LTE.

The company says it will share more details about Cherry Trail when hardware makers are ready to announce the first products based on the chipset, which means we may have to wait a few months for more specific details about performance.

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13 replies on “Intel Atom Cherry Trail chips for tablets coming in first half of 2015”

  1. 1st half is almost over! still waiting for 8 inch windows 8 @ 64 bit w/ LTE!

  2. i bought the toshiba encore and had tons of issues… it eventually could not wake up from a deep sleep… I asked for a refund… too frustrating.. I don’t know if all baytrail tablets suffer similar issues but I hope the cherry trail tablets will be more reliable… that will replace my laptop for entertainment and casual work

    1. So, basically you are judging the entire Bay Trail family products on your own experience that comes form owning something that looks to be a lemon of a tablet?

      1. Quote from my previous comment “I don’t know if all baytrail tablets suffer similar issues “. But Tbh while searching for solutions to my issues i found that the acer w4, lenovo miix 2 had similar wake up deep sleep issues and many users claim it was the cpu not managing deep sleep properly.

        1. Yeah, but you referred to Cherry Trail to hopefully be more reliable.
          Anyway, details aside, Im hoping that CT wont have any issues and we will see rebirth of 2GB RAM and addition of 4GB RAM models in budget line tablets!
          I woud like to see 4GB RAM equipped tablet with otherwise normal specs for less than 200$.

          1. I think that MSRP target is a bit idealistic, but Intel did recently invest a lot of money to subsidize DRAM prices for OEM’s, which should hopefully mean even the bargain windows tablets have at least 2GB RAM. I hope there’s room for 64GB / 4GB CT 8″ tablets for a $350 price point, cuz II’m really excited for the gaming potential of CT tablets, running steam big picture mode with a wireless controller

    1. Yes, Cherry Trail supports up to 8GB of RAM… The only real question is whether the OEMs will put 4GB+ RAM in the final devices… but there’s definitely more pressure on the OEMs to do so this year and the performance improvements pretty much require at least 4GB to become the new standard…

      So, we’ll see…

      1. Baytrail also support 4GB but no one put it in the tablets. Not sure why

        1. I think this was more a Windows issue, ISTR 32-bit had support for things like connected standby before 64-bit.

          Though there’s also the point if that someone wants a 4GB device, they’re also more likely to want higher CPU performance (Intel Core) anyway. But hopefully we will see the lower end improve with each generation.

          1. There was a initial Windows driver issue for support for connected standby for 64bit Windows but that was fixed with a few months of Bay Trail’s release…

            Problem is more in line with the reason why you don’t usually see 4GB offered for any mobile device… Mind that Bay Trail uses the same LP-DDR3 RAM as those other mobile devices and thus deals with the same kind of limitations and concerns…

        2. They did, it just wasn’t a standard feature… Look up tablets like the Asus Transformer Book T100 with Z3795, or Business Class semi-premium tablets like the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10, also with Z3795…

          Reasons why it isn’t common range from costs to power consumption… Mobile devices are optimized to prioritize battery life and more RAM means more power consumption, which means lower battery life…

          Mobile RAM is also not mass produced in higher capacities… Bay Trail T uses the same LP-DDR3 RAM as used in most modern mobile devices from phones to tablets and you’re not going to find any that offer more than 3GB of RAM… Thus 4GB isn’t mass produced and thus has a higher unit cost and that means higher premium pricing versus the lower capacities…

          Stacking smaller capacities also doesn’t help as you run into even more power consumption than just a higher capacity chip and run into the other counter of mobile design, which is to keep the device as light and thin as possible and stacking uses up space that most would rather push more battery capacity as the more ideal trade off…

          But zdanee’s question wasn’t about 4GB but above, which is what the plus sign means and only the Celeron/Pentium branded Bay Trail M/D series supports up to 8GB DDR3L… While, as I pointed out the upcoming Cherry Trail will support up to 8GB LP-DDR3… and the higher graphical performance and higher memory bandwidth means they’ll likely push at least half that capacity to make the most use of the improvements…

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