Intel talks up Medfield futures

Chipzilla appears to think that its Medfield system-on-a-chip system will give it control of the Tablet market.

Intel spokeswoman Suzy Ramirez has been chatting to Cnet, saying that Medfield, which is Chipzilla’s first system-on-a-chip for tablets and smartphones is a key part in its cunning plan to take control of the tablet market.

Medfield will arrive in the first half of next year, followed by Clover Trail technology in the second half. Medfield or Clover Trail will pave the way for Silvermont in 2013, which is a 22-nanometer architecture and Airmont in 2014 which will be a 14-nanometer chip.

Ramirez said that both chips will be better at handing the power sensitivities of tablets and smartphones and tablet hybrids.

Medfield will be a 32-nanometer system-on-a-chip Atom processor. It means that Chipzilla can finally get rid of the 45-nanometer Atom processors which have become decidely outclassed.

But Intel is keeping very quiet about what Medfield or Clover Trail will do that is different. Smart money suggests that Medfield will be a single-core processor and Clover Trail a dual-core chip.

If this is the case the Clover Trail would work well with Windows 8 tablets which will come out at about the same time.

Thanks to Intel’s purchase of Infineon’s wireless unit, Chipzilla will have 4G/LTE silicon ready by then.

However Intel has a slight problem in that its rivals such as Qualcomm are talking about getting quad-cores into the shops

Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia all have “been there and got the teeshirt” dual-core chips in the market and want to release a quad-core chip later this year for tablets. If Intel’s rivals convince the world that quad core is better than its dual core, then Chipzilla could be in trouble.