An Intel roadmap that was leaked by VR-Zone on Tuesday shows a huge focus on new mobile processors that will start rolling out later this year, in addition to new processors for the desktop and enterprise solutions.
During the first quarter of this year, Intel will introduce its new Atom processors for Android and new 64-bit chips. That should mean new 64-bit tablets will start hitting the scene, particularly in the Windows tablet space where they have been long awaited. Likewise, Intel’s new Bay Trail-M and mobile/desktop Haswell refreshes are expected in the first quarter and leading into the second quarter, the same time when Intel’s 9 Series chipset is expected on the desktop. During the third quarter, it looks like Intel’s new Haswell-E Core i7 processor is scheduled to hit the market. New Xeon processors and a new Intel Quark system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions are due during the first, second and third quarter.
The listing suggests Intel will take the wraps off of its new Intel Atom Merrifield chip during Mobile World Congress next week, while a new version of that processor is scheduled for a Sept. 14 release, followed by a Cherry Trail Atom system-on-a-chip in November.
We’re most excited for the new Intel Atom chips and the 64-bit processors coming to mobile. Intel’s processors power a lot of the budget-friendly unlocked smartphones we saw during the Consumer Electronics Show, including the Asus ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6, all of which are priced under $300 without a contract. Similarly, 64-bit chips should allow for more powerful software options, and will chase the tech that was already introduced by Apple in the iPhone 5s.
We expect to learn more about the benefits and use-cases for some of the new Atom processors during Mobile World Congress next week. We’ve included the mobile roadmap above, but you can find the full roadmap from VR-Zone in the source link below.