Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is not just launching Broadwell U at CES, as the silicon vendor has also announced that 14nm Cherry Trail is now available to manufacturers, with retail products set to hit store shelves sometime in the second quarter of 2015. The successor to Bay Trail is said to offer improved visual performance and battery life. As has been the case in previous years, the Cherry Trail architecture will be seen mainly in tablets.
One of the novel features in the latest generation Atom SoCs include Intel’s RealSense 3D camera technology for tracking objects and gestures. The hardware side of the technology involves two additional cameras placed at the back of a device, which work with the main shooter to provide a triangulation of an object. The main 3D camera can be used for sensing depth, gesture tracking and more.
Intel is looking to build a platform around RealSense, and has stated that there will be additional functionality that will center around gaming. As for Cherry Trail, Intel is bundling its latest modem series, the XMM726x. The new modems feature LTE Category 6 connectivity, which allows users to achieve downloads of up to 300 Mbit/sec by utilizing 3X carrier aggregation.
Intel isn’t stating which devices will feature Cherry Trail processors, but there are indications that we may see a few announcements at CES from device manufacturers over the coming days.