Intel reportedly blazing a new 'Trails' for tablet processors in 2014

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Even before Intel ramps up manufacturing of its 22nm Bay Trail-based processors with Silvermont, the chip maker is currently looking ahead to its line of brand-new processors for 2014, according to a report today.

The company’s next-generation tablet processors, Cherry Trail and Willow Path, now have release windows, claims DigiTimes through Taiwan-based chip makers.

The 14nm Cherry Trail is expected in the third quarter of 2014, while the 14nm Willow Path looks as if it’s going to follow right after in the 4th quarter of that year.

Cherry Path specs are stated to include Intel’s 14nm Airmont architecture and a clock speed of 2.7 GHz with a generation 8 GPU.

A few months later on, tablets with Willow Path are going to include Intel’s 14nm Goldmont architecture and a generation nine GPU to sustain both Windows and Android operating systems, according to DigiTimes.

Playing the smartphone ‘field’

Intel is also aiming to make significant gains with smartphone systems-on-a-chip this year and into 2014, according to the same report.

The No. 1 semiconductor chip manufacturer is stated to be prepping the 22nm Merrifield SoC for completion of 2013.

Merrifield must give next-generation smartphones an edge, which is rumored to be enhanced by a HALF efficiency boost and feature longer battery life over Intel’s current Clover Trail+ platform.

Want “moore?” Intel’s Moorefield platform is most likely to enhance upon those specs in the first half of 2014 and 14nm Morganfield will do the same in the first quarter of 2015, according to Taiwanese sources.

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