‘Atom’ – Intel’s New Low Power Microprocessor
Intel has named its new Low Power Microprocessor as “Atom”. These processors will power mobile Internet devices and ultra low-cost and small notebook and desktop personal computers.
Intel sees a huge market for the small Internet-connected devices which it names ‘Netbook’ a low-cost PC costing around $250.
The Intel Atom processor is based on a new micro-architecture designed for small devices and low power consumption, Intel said. The chip is less than 25 square millimeters, and 11 of the chip’s dies–the slivers of silicon with 47 million transistors each–would fit in an area the size of a U.S. penny.
Previously known as Silverthorne and Diamondville, members of Atom family are scheduled to ship towards the middle of this year. Both ‘Silverthorne’ and ‘Diamondville’ are based on Intel’s 45 nanometer chip-making technology.
Intel also announced the Intel Centrino Atom processor technology brand aimed specifically at mobile Internet devices. It was formerly code-named Menlow.
Centrino Atom includes the Intel Atom processor, a low power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, as well as thinner and lighter designs.
The new chips are expected to be formally introduced in the second quarter, with hardware based on them available later in the year. Although Intel didn’t announce any details about the prices of its new processors, it is believed they will be in the $250 to $300 price range.
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