Intel details “Bay Trail,” a chip that will make tablets fly

The maker of some of the world’s most used processors has a new one which will see the light of day in new devices shortly, and it aims to make tablets have better performance up to ten hours of battery life.

The latest in Intel’s line of “system on a chip” processors, the “Bay Trail” generation of Atom chips has been announced, designed to increase the performance of tablets by offering double the computational performance, triple the graphics, and better battery life than ever before.

“What we have delivered with our Bay Trail platform is an incredibly powerful SoC [system on a chip] that delivers outstanding performance, long battery life, and a great experience for the way people use these devices today,” said Hermann Eul, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Mobile Communications division. “It’s an incredible leap forward.”

One aspect of the new Atom chips we’re excited to see is called “Burst Technology 2.0,” which allows the processor to throttle its performance and cores, shifting power from one core to the other when various increases in speed and graphics power are needed.

The technology is being used in Intel’s Atom Z3000 series, which will see use in Windows 8.1 tablets, many of which we’ll end up seeing from October onwards, when Microsoft plans on releasing the update to Windows 8.

Windows won’t be the only operating system making use of the new chips, though, with Android set to get some use too. Samsung has already tapped Intel for its new Galaxy Tab range, and as the Google edition of the tablet operating system improves, more manufacturers are expected to jump on board.

We’re quite keen to see what manufacturers do with the new Atom, as some of the better Windows 8 portables we saw late last year to the middle of 2013 relied on Intel’s Atom, and with a new processor ready for action, these devices will grow in number, and do even more.