Silvermont is the Intel's next-generation mobile processor
Intel detailed its next-generation mobile processor architecture named Silvermont, claiming that it would offer best-in-class performance to smartphone and tablet users.
In a webcast organized for investors and media, the company, which had lost ground to ARM Holdings as smartphones and tablets surpassed laptops and desktops in popularity, said that Silvermont would form the basis for its next-generation Atom microprocessors called Bay Trail and Merrifield.
While Bay Trail, which would power tablets, should start appearing in devices by the end of this year, Merrifield would be available inside smartphones in the first quarter of 2014.
ARM, a UK-based company, makes the core technology that is used by companies like Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek, Apple and Samsung to create microprocessors for phones and tablets.
Currently, the Atom processors used inside smartphones are based on architecture that was introduced by Intel in 2008. While these processors have performance that is comparable to ARM-based chips, they seem to suffer from the lack of interest from companies that make phones and tablets