Intel’s new 10th-gen Core processors for mobile devices include Comet Lake chips that use as little as 4.5 watts of power and Ice Lake processors that use as much as 28 watts.

But the company also has another line of low-power chips aimed at cheaper laptops, tablets, mini PCs, and IoT devices — and the company is getting ready to overhaul that processor lineup too.

The company is expected to announce details of the new “Tremont” microarchitecture for its next-gen Atom chips at a conference on October 24th.


This new architecture may be used in upcoming Celeron and Pentium chips. But it’s also expected to be used in hybrid processors that combine Intel Core and Atom-based CPU cores onto a single chip.

Case-in-point: the upcoming Intel Lakefield processor is expected to be a 5-core processor with a single Intel “Sunny Lake” CPU core and four lower-power “Tremont” cores that will allow devices like the upcoming Microsoft Surface Neo dual-screen computer to balance performance and battery life.

While there aren’t a lot of concrete details about the new Tremont architecture available yet, there are rumors that suggest it’ll support Intel Gen11 graphics, which should bring a big boost to GPU performance.

We should know more next week after Intel’s Stephen Robinson delivers the “Introducing Intel Tremont Microarchitecture” presentation at the Linley Fall Processor Conference next week.


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9 replies on “Intel “Tremont” low-power chip details coming soon (next-gen Atom)”

  1. Doesn’t sound like they’re bringing back the Atom branding though. It’s probably going to be used in their Celeron and Pentium CPU’s.

  2. Basically big.little solutions are coming to Intel after only 8 years of looking at ARM and thinking “huh, that would be nice to have in our CPUs, but why bother if they sell well as is?”

    1. So true…Intel deserves to loose market share across all market segments, when was the last time the Atom architecture received an update…like about 4 years ago!

    2. One reason for this delay is… market segmentation! To benefit extensively, Intel must enable every Sunny lake extension and instruction on the Tremont cores, or else always power up the power-hog SL core for those extensions and instructions.

      And what’s been a major differentiator between Atom and Core performance? Atom hasn’t gotten the updates and optimizations Core has. Some of this is programmatic, some is based on the hardware. This is nothing new at all, but could be interesting. Do you think they’ll roll those “improvements” to other Atoms and dilute their NewShiny thing? Nope.

      1. @ Donald Seguin: What are you talking about?

        It got an update in the Gemini Lake generation(Goldmont Plus) in late 2017. It was a big update and the performance improvement was 30-40% over the previous generation Apollo Lake(Goldmont) that came in late 2016, and was also 30-40% faster than its predecessor, the Cherry Trail(Airmont) which came out early-2015.

        During the same time, we went from Broadwell to Kabylake-R with maybe 10-15% improvement.

        CPU-wise, this is why the latest “Atom” cores are better than the one in the Surface Go.

        Tremont is going to be another big update. I expect up to 50% gains this generation to catch up to Snapdragon 855 cores.

        1. That’s pretty impressive. Intel catching up to the previous years ARM processor that has already had an update.

          1. Haha, sarcasm. Funny man.

            The update is actually not here yet. The latest phones are using A76 architectures. Yes I figure they are behind but not insurmountably so.

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