Intel Corporation Cherry Trail Die Size Revealed

At the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China, the company provided additional details with respect to its 14-nanometer Cherry Trail Atom system-on-chip. Although the company didn't explicitly give out the size of the silicon die itself, the company did give investors a way to calculate that number themselves.

The die size is important mainly because the cost to manufacture a chip is dependent on the number of chips that can be had from a given silicon wafer. The more chips per wafer, the lower the per-chip cost.

Without further ado, let's figure out the die size of Intel's 14-nanometer Cherry Trail.

Smile for the camera, Cherry Trail!

Here's a picture of the Cherry Trail package, courtesy of a slide deck that Intel showed at its Developer Forum:

Source: Intel; author annotation.

Intel also integrated a sensor hub, which wasn't present in Bay Trail. The display engine is more robust, with support for higher resolution displays, and more of them -- three instead of two in Bay Trail.

What's next for Intel's mobile chips?

The successor to Cherry Trail is known as Broxton, and it should be built on the same 14-nanometer technology. My expectation is that, because 14-nanometer yields are expected to be mature by the time Broxton ramps, Intel will likely increase the die area of the chip.

The CPU cores should get larger, as Intel will probably need to increase area there to deliver a performance boost from Cherry Trail. Intel is also expected to include more robust media capabilities, such as HEVC video encoding, and increased 3D graphics performance, so that will necessitate an increase in area allocated to graphics/media. The step up probably won't be as large as what we saw in moving from Bay Trail to Cherry Trail, though.

Finally, I believe that Intel will include a significantly enhanced image signal processor -- the one in Cherry Trail doesn't seem to be a big advancement from the one found in Bay Trail/Moorefield -- particularly since Broxton is aimed at high-end phones where camera functionality is important.

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