Intel introduces Tremont microarchitecture, which will power Surface Neo and other devices

What you need to know

  • Intel revealed details about the new Tremont microarchitecture.
  • Tremont microarchitecture has higher performance than previous generations while using little power.
  • Tremont will integrate with Lakefield CPUs to power the Surface Neo and other devices.

Intel revealed details about its new Tremont microarchitecture at the Linley Fall Processor Conference today. Tremont is the latest low-power x86 CPU architecture and has a "significant performance boost over prior generations" according to Intel. Tremont will integrate with Lakefield CPUs to power the Surface Neo and other devices.

Intel states that Tremont microarchitecture brings significant IPC (instructions per cycle) gains when compared to previous generations of Intel's low-power x86 architectures. Intel designed Tremont Microarchitecture for low-power and compact packages. Intel will integrate the new microarchitecture with Lakefield processors to power devices with new form factors.

Intel Tremont Chief Architect, Stephen Robinson, expands on the new microarchitecure,

Tremont is Intel's most advanced low-power x86 architecture to date. We focused on a range of modern, complex workloads, while considering networking, client, browser and battery so that we could raise performance efficiently across the board. It is a world-class CPU architecture designed for enhanced processing power in compact, low-power packages.

Tremont microarchitecture will integrate with Lakefield CPUs using Intel's Foveros technology. This packaging technology allows manufacturers to combine several pieces on a smaller motherboard.

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  • I hope this will give the Neo the battery lift it needs without sacrificing power. Needs to be able to get at least 8 hours real world use.
  • Surface Neo is using Atom Cores? This does not look promising :(
    With the claimed 30% IPC uplift compared to Goldmont+ this is way slower than Cortex A76 while we will see Cortex A77 phones early next year already.
  • Is this the start of what Intel Atom and Intel Celeron N were supposed to be?
  • Means surface pro 4 core m3 level performance or bit better with much better power efficiency.
    Slower than current flagship phones but we don't have any alternative to intel.
    It could have been Windows on arm platform with snapdragon 8cx but looks like Microsoft wants to give it best shot for the new category hence picked intel instead.
    Hopefully it comes with ssd or at least UFS storage instead of crappy emmc storage for base version. Surface go with 8gb ram & 128 gb ssd cost 549$ now considering dual screen and more premium hardware surface neo looks like 799 $ & with pen and keyboard cover expect whole setup at 1000$. Wish it was 11 inches instead of 9 inch display.