More Efficient ”Cherry Trail” Processor Expected to Replace Intel’s Bay Trail in Tablets Starting Late this Year

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The Bay Trail series of Intel Atom processors were a significant improvement in battery life and performance when compared to their predecessor. Now Intel is preparing a new version that will be even better.

The Cherry Trail series will essentially be the Bay Trail chip, except manufactured with a 14 nanometer process rather than a 22nm. This will give it better battery life and performance.

The upcoming chips will likely be used in high-end tablets by the end of this year, and start appearing in mid-range ones next year. Bay Trail ones are currently mostly used in mid-range tablets running Windows 8.1, including the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Asus Transformer Book T100.

A full briefing on the Cherry Trail line of Atom processors is expected around June, but Intel has already begun talking about it as part of this company’s drive to accelerate the pace in which it comes out with new chips for tablets and phones.

Intel has spent years trying to get its Atom products used in tablets, but initially faced an uphill battle because its chips were much less efficient than rival ARM processors — the chips used in all Apple tablets and most Android ones. However, Intel made great strides with Bay Trail and appears poised for even better things with Cherry Trail.

Of course, the competition is moving ahead, too. Both Qualcomm and Nvidia have recently announced new 64-bit processors designed for tablets.

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