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Intel Cherry Trail could bring desktop graphics to mobiles, tablets

Expect thinner, lighter and longer-running laptops.
Expect thinner, lighter and longer-running laptops.
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Details of the 14nm successor to the current Bay Trail family have emerged in Singapore courtesy of online website, VR-Zone.

Top of the agenda for Intel's answer to ARM's growing armada of system-on-chip will be power saving tweaks as well as graphics performance improvement.

Cherry Trail-T is likely to have twice the number of graphics core, each of them being a Gen8 one (rather than the current Gen7 model). It will also support HDMI 1.4b which adds enhanced 3D capabilities.

As for the power tweaks, a lot of it is likely to come from the graphics department itself including Intel's 6th generation display power saving technology which will look at drastically reducing backlight without any noticeable impact on quality.

Another way of decreasing power consumption will be to adapt refresh rates according to content being displayed. An idle system will have a lower refresh rate (hence consuming less energy).

Intel confirmed yesterday that Cherry Trail will include RealSense technology, no wires, no password as well as Intel's Context Aware technology capabilities.

Products with Cherry Trail inside – which share the DNA as the 5th generation Intel Core family - will be available in the first half of 2015. They will target tablets initially, offering 64-bit computing capabilities as well as LTE-advanced connectivity.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.