Intel CES preview: Quad-core 'Bay Trail' coming

Intel will have a lot to say about computing for smaller devices, including a redesigned Atom processor that boasts better performance.

LAS VEGAS--Intel plans to emphasize power efficiency and better performance in small devices, among other new tech at its Consumer Electronics Show event in Las Vegas this afternoon.

Here are some key technologies that Intel expects to talk about:

  • Bay Trail: a 22-nanometer system-on-a-chip processor sporting a quad-core design. In short, it's a redesign of the Atom processor boasting better performance.
  • Power-frugal Ivy Bridge: The Ivy Bridge chip in virtually all new PC models today is being tweaked so it can be slipped into high-end tablets and skinnier ultrabooks and convertibles. Intel calls it "sub 10-watt."
  • Haswell: Intel's fourth-generation Core processor. Expect to see a demo using an Intel reference design, and Intel will discuss its battery life merits.
  • Phone chips: Expect some mention of Intel's Atom phone chips for value segments in emerging markets -- and announcements about new customers.
  • An update to perceptual computing: More on Intel's perceptual computing efforts, e.g., SDK progress.

For more details, see CNET's live coverage of the event .

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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