Clover Trail platform developed by Intel specifically for the tablet with Windows 8 operating system and its Atom CloverView, the first of which is the Atom Z2760 model, we have already spoken several times in the past, but the technical details are available always been poor. During the presentation of its new CPU, the Santa Clara chipmaker has officially released some additional technical information that shed new light on the product. So, after letting us know what can be the features of a tablet with its SoC , which will have a minimum thickness up to 8.5 mm with a weight of less than 700 g and a ‘maximum range of 10 hours, as measured by Intel playing a HD video on a display 200 nits of brightness and a battery of 30 Wh, Intel has risen to detail some salient features of the processor.
The main goal of this solution is that to compete with ARM based tablet with Windows RT. In fact, although the counterparties will use the high-end x86 Intel Core ULV processor, the giant Californian hopes to offer the platform Clover Trail tablet from cost comparable to those ARM based but with the performance and flexibility of use than x86, could count on the full version of Windows 8 and thus enabling you to use all the most common programs we are used to on the desktop PC or notebook.
Among the devices that currently adopted California CPU fact we find different solutions including the main stream ‘ Asus Live Tab , the Samsung Smart Ativ PC , the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 , l ‘ X2 HP Envy and Dell Latitude 10 . In order to achieve this objective, therefore, beyond the dimensions and consumption obtainable, Intel has provided for various technical solutions very interesting. First of all, there are some points of contact between Medfield and Clover View, the other solution addressed to smartphones. First, the two SoC share the manufacturing process to 32 nm and p1269 both support dual-channel memory interface with 32-bit RAM type LPDDR2 800 MHz
If, however, Medfield is limited to one or two core versions of course CloverView is instead available in dual or quad core. Different, even if not deeply, also the internal architecture, type Penwell to Medfield and Saltwell for Clover View. In particular the latter can count on a cache 512 KB L2 dedicated to each core present. Operating frequencies also differ slightly, Medfield that having more than two cores, can reach 2 GHz and Clover View instead stops at 1.8 GHz. Differ then the two subsystems integrated graphics, both of Imagination PowerVR Technologies.
The Clover Trail tablet will have USB 2.0 ports (Clover Trail does not support USB 3.0), memory card reader, GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and modules WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G/LTE and NFC. At the moment it is too early to evaluate the real performance, it must wait for the month of October, when the first solutions based on these new Atom will be available.
The real challenge with the System on a Chip ARM, however, as mentioned above will be played on the price. If the latter, then it will be aligned to support the advantage of a more complete version of Windows 8 could emerge with greater ease, making a difference. Folks at netbooknes have posted a review of Atom Z2760 processor.