Intel has started shipping processors based on Cherry Trail, its next-gen tablet SoC. This Bay Trail successor is built using the same 14-nm fabrication tech as Intel's latest mobile hotness, including the Core M. The first systems based on it are due in the first half of the year.
Although additional details are scarce, Intel promises to share "specs, benchmarking information and pricing" when the first Cherry Trail-based machines are announced. CES seems like an ideal venue for Intel's partners to introduce new tablets, so perhaps we'll learn more this week.
For now, Intel says only that the new chip "offers improved graphics with great performance and battery life for both Windows and Android mainstream tablets." Atom branding will likely grace the first Cherry Trail processors, but we could see Pentium and Celeron variants if the SoC spreads to a broader range of form factors. Bay Trail eventually made its way into budget notebooks, small-form-factor PCs, and Mini-ITX motherboards.
The only other official details we have relate to support for "new user experiences," such as Intel's RealSense tech. Expect some Cherry Trail devices to have depth-sensing cameras with 3D gesture recognition. The SoC also supports Intel's "no wires" initiatives, such as Wireless Display. Cellular connectivity isn't integrated into the die, but the chip can be paired with Intel's XMM 726x LTE modem.