In the past, Intel has taken the occasion of MWC events to show off its new offerings. This year is no different. The chip giant has unveiled “Clover Trail+” and other new chips at the MWC 2013. Not only that, the company has hinted as to where it is being headed with its chips in the near future.
During the keynote speech, Intel executives hailed the new Clover Trail+ as one that is very well-equipped to provide top-performance for the smartphones. The Clover Trail+ includes an Atom processor which is able to deliver twice the computing power and thrice the graphics processing capabilities. The chip is available in three flavors – 1.2GHz, 1.6GHz and 2.0 GHz.
The company is very hopeful with what it can achieve using the Clover Trail+ chips. According to an analyst, “They’re really making significant inroads in mobile processors. This new Clover Trail is probably the first real step toward Intel becoming a significant player in the smartphone arena.”
In some ways, this optimism is well-founded. Lenovo has already announced a K900 smartphone featuring the Clover Trail+ chip whereas Intel claims that other vendors, such as Asus, are also lining up to lay their hands on its fresh crop.
However, during the event, Intel also briefly discussed its upcoming chip line-up which will be categorized under the “Merrifield.” These will be 22-nanometer chips which can provide much better performance than the current-generation chips. The 22-nanometer chip is meant for the tablets, dubbed Bay Trail, and will be available by the end of this year and will come with nearly double the power of the current-generation tablet-geared chips from Intel.
Despite these announcements, Intel still has a lot to catch up. While the company continues to dwell on dual-core chips for smartphones and tablets, other chip vendors such as Qualcomm have already moved on to quad-core chips. Now it’s time to see how the company plans to bridge this distance with its upcoming 22-nanometer chips.