Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series Falls Short of Expectations

According to In-Stat, the Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series still comes up short when compared with many of Intel’s mobile competitors. The Oak Trail processor features Intel’s SpeedStep, Deeper Sleep, and High Definition Audio technology. However, Oak Trail still requires an I/O chipset (SM35), does not offer alternative memory interfaces (such as package-on-package chip stacking) and is rated with a thermal design power of 3W, which is above the smartphone processors being used in other tablet designs.

Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series (Oak Trail) Weaknesses

  • Does not provide the technology leap Intel needs to make a strong impact in mobile devices
  • Intel appears to be waiting for Medfield processor generation to make an impact on the mobile market
  • Manufactured on Intel 45nm process technology instead of their 32nm process
  • Battery life may not providing all-day support under certain usage models
  • Requires an I/O chipset (Intel SM35 Express Chipset)
  • Does not offer alternative memory interfaces, such as package-on-package chip stacking
  • Rated with a thermal design power of 3W, which is higher than the smartphone processors used in other tablet designs

In-Stat also commented on Oak Trail’s follow-on product: Cedar Trail.

Intel Cedar Trail Highlights

  • Will debut in the second half of 2011
  • Will support Blu-ray 2.0, 1080p video, DisplayPort, Intel Wireless Display, Intel Wireless Music, PC Synch, and Fast Boot
  • To be produced on Intel’s 32nm process instead of their 22nm process

More info: In-Stat