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Intel’s Atom “Clover Trail” processor (Z2760) is custom-tailored for Window 8 to provide drastically extended battery lifetime of mobile devices and tablets, according to Technology Showcase presenters at the recent MEMS Executive Congress.

“The Atom Z2760, code-named Clover Trail, was architected from the ground up for Windows 8,” explains Intel Sensor Technologist Kenneth Foust. “It provides x86 software compatibility, but with drastic savings in power consumption, which translates into a much longer battery life for the tablets and hybrids using it.”

Since the Clover Trail Atom Z2760, was designed specifically for the requirements of Windows 8, battery lifetimes as long as 10 hours can result for tablets weighing less than 1.5 pounds even when playing HD videos.

And with the addition of a battery-powered keyboard to tablet/laptop hybrids–such as on the Acer Iconia W510–battery lifetime can be further extend to an unmatched 18 hour for a tablet plus keyboard which together weighs less than 2.8 pounds. And when in connected standby mode, the dual-core, four-thread Atom Z2760 system-on-chip (SoC), provide battery lifetimes of more than three weeks.

Some hyperthreading supported

While Atom Z2760 supports Intel’s hyper-threading technology, it does not include the full-blown Intel Vpro technology for remote security management, provisioning and virtualization by IT staffs–those functions are reserved for Intel’s Core Vpro processors. The Atom Z2760, however, does include Intel’s Secure Boot capabilities–to prevent malware infections–as well as a firmware-based version of Intel’s Platform Trust Technology (PTT). 

The Z2760 is based on Intel’s 32-nanometer process technology fine-tuned for low-power consumption even when used in the “always-on” mode typical of smartphones today, but increasingly used by tablets, netbooks and laptops to keep email, shared documents and social media conversations in constant synchronization. 

For instance, Intel’s “connected stand-by” mode for the Atom Z2760 saves power while nevertheless keeping its network connections active. As a result, as soon as a user touches the screen, touchpad or keyboard, Windows 8 instantly resumes on an Atom Z2760 powered tablet or hybrid.

The Atom Z2760 was built not only to handle all the touch-enabled features of Windows 8, but also to make best use of Intel’s sensor hub microcontroller which manages the data flow from GPS and multiple MEMS sensors including motion detection and tracking–with accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and altimeter–plus the sensor fusion algorithms to determine orientation, direction, inclination and proximity of a user.

While Atom Z2760 supports Intel’s hyper-threading technology, it does not include the full-blown Intel Vpro technology for remote security management, provisioning and virtualization by IT staffs–those functions are reserved for Intel’s Core Vpro processors. The Atom Z2760, however, does include Intel’s Secure Boot capabilities–to prevent malware infections–as well as a firmware-based version of Intel’s Platform Trust Technology (PTT).

CAPTION: Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel’s Atom Z2760 processor, code named “Clover Trail” can extend battery lifetime up to three weeks in standby mode or 10 hours watching HD video. Source: Intel

 
Posted on by R. Colin Johnson, Geeknet Contributing Editor
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