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Intel has revealed a new dual-core Atom chip with 4 hyperthreads due to appear in smartphones next year.

Last month Intel revealed the 32nm single-core Atom Z ‘Medfield’ series (Z2460) they have now added two more chips to its Atom Z range – the dual-core Z2580 and the single-core low-cost Z2000.

The Z2000, features a single-core clocked at 1GHz, will be aimed at the emerging ‘value’ smartphone market (below £120).  It will support Intel’s XMM 6265 3G HSPA + modem with Dual-SIM 2G/3G, a 300 MHz graphics core, 720p playback and up to an 8MP rear facing camera. Intel plans to sample the Z2000 chip in summer 2012 with customer products available in early 2013.

The Atom Z2580 features two cores that run an improved 1.8GHz and has, most importantly  4 hyperthreads which act as virtual cores, enabling better performance when multitasking.  Although it is not a quad-core processor hyperthreading enables the processor to split its power more effectively by designating one thread to any given task. Intel are hoping that hyperthreading capabilities will offset the gains made by Nvidia and ARM quad-core products, such as the HTC One X and the Huawei Ascend D1, while at the same time delivering better battery life and power efficiencies. The power efficiency comes thanks to the 32nm architecture which enables the chip to run more efficiently than rivals using larger dies.

Intel has also stated that the new Atom Z2580 will come packed with a dual-core graphics core clocked at 533MHz built into the Pewall SoC architecture, and an ‘advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G solution.’ They are planning to sample the Z2580 in the later part of 2012 with customer products scheduled for early 2013.

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