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Introducing Intel® Atom™ x3 (Code-Named“SoFIA”) SoC Processor Series

Introduction

OnMarch 2, 2015, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, one of theannouncements Intel made was to introduce the Intel® Atom™ x3 Processor Series,Intel’s first integrated communication platform. Formerly code named “SoFIA”,Intel® Atom™ x3 Processor Series is a low-cost SoC with 64-bit Intel Atomprocessor cores and integrated cellular baseband modem for smart or featurephones, phablets, and tablets. The SoC will be available in 4G LTE and 3Gversions.

Intel®Atom™ x3 Processor Series provides a foundation for full-featured andcost-effective platforms with fast and seamless mobile experiences which meettoday’s consumers’ expectations.

Thisblog will go through the high level features of the Intel® Atom™ x3 platform,especially the features which mobile app developers are interested in.

Pleasenote that the processor series has not been officially released yet,information discussed in this blog post is subject to change without notice.

TheIntel® Atom™ x3 Processor Series includes 3 versions (SKUs):  the Intel®Atom™ x3-C3440 processor, the Intel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor, and the Intel®Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor.

 

 Architecturesand Specifications

TheIntel® Atom™ x3-C3440 processor includes a 64-bit quad-core Intel® Atom™ CPUand an integrated 4G LTE 5-band modem. The upgraded video can provide 1080p HDplayback. The Mali T720 MP2 GPU supports Open GL ES 3.0 and DirectX 9.3. Figure1 shows the Intel® Atom™ x3-C3440 processor high level box diagram.

Figure 1The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3440 processor high level block diagram

             Figure 1The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3440processor high level block diagram

Besidesthe C3440 version which supports the 4G LTE technologies, the Intel® Atom™x3-C3130 processor series also includes 2 SKUs which support 3G mobiletechnologies:  the Intel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor and the Intel® Atom™x3-C3230RK processor, which provide low-cost options with performance.

TheIntel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor features a 64-bit dual-core Intel® Atom™ CPUand an integrated 3G modem. Figure 2 shows its high level box diagram.

Figure 2 The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor features a dual-core Intel Atom CPU and an integrated 3G modem.

       Figure 2 The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor features adual-core Intel Atom CPU and an integrated 3G modem.

TheIntel® Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor, a collaboration between Intel and Rockchip*,includes a quad-core 64-bit Intel® Atom™ CPU and an integrated 3G modem. Figure3 describes this SKU’s high level architecture.

Figure 3 The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor includes a quad-core Intel Atom CPU and an integrated 3G modem.

 

Figure3 The Intel® Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor includes a quad-core Intel Atom CPU andan integrated 3G modem. During Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China onApril 8, 2015, Intel and Rockchip* announced devices based on  the Intel®Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor are expected in market later in Q2, 2015

 

Onthe graphics side, the Intel® Atom™ x3-C3130 processor includes a Mali* 400MP2GPU, and the Intel® Atom™ x3-C3230RK processor includes a Mali* 450 MP4 GPU.Both processors support up to OpenGL ES 2.0.

Asa summary, Figure 4 shows a comparison table for the 3 Intel® Atom™ x3processor SKUs.

 

Figure 4 A comparison of the Intel® Atom™ x3 processor SKUs

       Figure 4 A comparison of the Intel® Atom™ x3 processorSKUs

FeatureHighlights

High Performance SoC integration for great mobile user experiences

TheIntel Atom x3 processor series features 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core ordual-core IA processors at up to 1.4GHz Bust Mode, a fast 4G LTE or 3Gintegrated cellular baseband modem, HD video and quality audio, GPU, and theISP module. The ISP supports dual cameras, including an up to 5MP front facingcamera and up to 13MP rear-facing camera.

Low-powerRF and low-power video encoding / decoding result in a long battery life.

Fast 4G LTE and 3G communications

4GLTE and 3G Intel modems are interoperable with mobile network operators aroundthe globe and support world-wide roaming. In the 4G LTE SKU, up to 14 LTE bandscan be supported with the 5-mode LTE modem (2G, 3G, 4G LTE, FDD/TDD, andTD-SCDMA).

Connectivity

TheIntel Atom x3 processor series supports a full range of connectivitycapabilities which will keep the user always connected: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, andGPS and GNSS. These capabilities enable various mobile use cases, fromnetworking to location-based services.

Impressivegraphics and audio

TheGPU provides clear and responsive graphics for games, including supports forOpenGL ES 2.0 (the C3130 and C3230RK SKUs) and 3.0 (the C3440 SKU).  Theplatform supports high quality audio HD video media playback and Miracast-basedwireless display.

Value-addedcapacities

Thedual SIM capability enables mobile subscriptions from 2 different serviceproviders / carriers. As an option on the C3440 SKU, Near Field Communication(NFC) supports streamlined and secure tap-and-pay transactions.

Summary

Inthe above discussion, we can see the Intel® Atom™ x3 Processor Seriesintegrates high performance Intel® Atom™ CPU cores and a fast communicationmodem on a single SoC silicon. It provides a quality foundation for entry andvalue tablets, phablets, and smartphones affordable for consumers around theworld.

Original link: https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2015/04/09/introducing-intel-atom-x3-code-named-sofia-soc-processor-series

 


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