Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Enterprise I.T.
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Silvermont Architecture Promises Super-Efficient Intel Chips
Silvermont Architecture Promises Super-Efficient Intel Chips

By Jennifer LeClaire
May 7, 2013 2:07PM

    Bookmark and Share
There are many application developers and ISVs interested in rewriting applications for the ARM-based processor market, said analyst Charles King. "Intel's pitch with Silvermont...is, 'Why bother?' " King said. "If you've already written for x86 we can save you the time and expense by providing a lower power, higher-performing chip."
 



Intel has rolled out a new energy-efficient micro-architecture that will lead to processors using a fraction of the power in current-generation chips. The micro-architecture, Silvermont, will serve as the foundation for products ranging from smartphones to data centers that will start hitting the market later this year.

Silvermont, will be manufactured using the company's 22nm 3D Tri-Gate System-on-a-Chip manufacturing process, and can scale up and down in performance and power efficiency. On a variety of standard metrics, Intel said Silvermont enables about three times peak performance, or the same performance at about five times lower power over the current-generation Intel Atom processor core.

"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer. "Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including 'Bay Trail' and 'Avoton,' is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power micro-architecture on a yearly cadence."

Lower Power Is Key

Some noteworthy features of Silvermont include a new out-of-order execution engine that enables single-threaded performance. Silvermont also facilitates new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores, which makes possible better performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency, and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system.

"Through our design and process technology co-optimization we exceeded our goals for Silvermont," said Belli Kuttanna, Intel Fellow and chief architect. "By taking advantage of our strengths in micro-architecture development and leading-edge process technology, we delivered a technology package that enables significantly improved performance and power efficiency -- all while delivering higher frequencies."

Why Bother?

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us micro-servers are an area in which Intel has significant ambitions, and Silvermont pushes the company in that direction.

"What Intel is doing with Atom on the low-power server market isn't purely a silicon play. The company points out that since Atom is purely an x86 architecture, any application that is written to run on Xeon or on Core or any other x86 will run on Atom as well," King said.

There are many application developers and ISVs interested in exploring the ARM-based processor market, King said, but it's going to cost time and money to rewrite applications for a different chip architecture.

"Intel's pitch with Silvermont and other Atom-based server offerings that they've put together over the years is, 'Why bother?' " King said. "If you've already written for x86 we can save you the time and expense by providing a lower power, higher-performing chip that saves you all the trouble and still gives you all the benefits micro-server promoters are pushing forward in the market right now."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:





 Enterprise I.T.
1.   BlackBerry BES 10 Now Hosted
2.   Teaming Up: CIOs, IT Asset Managers
3.   Juniper DDoS for High-IQ Networks
4.   IBM Rolls Out Hybrid Cloud Services
5.   Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support


advertisement
Backlash Stirs Against H-1B Visas
Debate over foreign workers continues.
Average Rating:
IBM Rolls Out Hybrid Cloud Services
Based on SoftLayer net infrastructure.
Average Rating:
Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support
But extended support still available.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
A late entry into a packed category of smartphones, Amazon's Fire phone offers a variety of unique features. Now, the reviewers are assessing if they're enough to make the phone stand out.
 
Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways To Use Phones
The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the phone offers new ways to navigate, discover and, of course, shop.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.