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« on: March 03, 2008, 03:28:20 AM »

Intel's Smallest Processor Built Using World's Smallest Transistors Designed for New Internet Devices, Low-Cost PCs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2008 – The Intel® Atom™ processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation. The company also announced the Intel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technology brand for MID platforms, consisting of multiple chips that enable the best Internet experience in a pocketable device.



The Intel Atom processor is based on an entirely new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo instruction set compatibility consumers are accustomed to when using a standard PC and the Internet. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that measures less than 25 mm², making it Intel's smallest and lowest power processor yet.1 Up to 11 Intel Atom processor die -- the tiny slivers of silicon packed with 47 million transistors each -- would fit in an area the size of an American penny.

These new chips, previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufactured on Intel's industry-leading 45nm process with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have a thermal design power (TDP) specification in 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds depending on customer need. By comparison, today's mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors have a TDP in the 35-watt range.

"This is our smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors," said Intel Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sean Maloney. "This small wonder is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience on these new devices. We believe it will unleash new innovation across the industry."

With personal computing increasingly going mobile and the computer industry rapidly developing new classes of products to connect the next billion people to the Internet, the Intel Atom processor offers customers the unique ability to innovate around the new low-power design. In addition to the MID opportunity, Intel believes the demand for a new category of low-cost, Internet-centric mobile computing devices dubbed "netbooks" and basic Internet-centric desktop PCs dubbed "nettops," will grow substantially over the next several years. The Intel Atom processor is perfectly suited to meet these new market segments.

Intel said the Intel Atom processor also has potential for future revenue opportunities in consumer electronic devices, embedded applications and thin clients.

Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology

The Intel Centrino Atom processor technology brand represents Intel's best technology for MIDs. Formerly codenamed "Menlow," Intel Centrino Atom processor technology includes the Intel Atom processor, a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, and thinner and lighter designs. Together, these components are designed to enable the best mobile computing and Internet experience on these new devices.

Source:  http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20080302comp.htm?iid=pr1_releasepri_20080302m
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 03:57:24 AM »

looks good for budget users.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008, 04:33:33 AM »

Watch the next one will be called Intel Electron
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008, 05:29:48 AM »

Then the next one Intel Neutron.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008, 07:26:01 AM »

Then the next one Intel Neutron.

Eh, it would be a little boring though, no charge either way...
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008, 09:44:20 AM »

tomorrow I have a meeting with Intel's director for Atoms so I hope to score some good stories, watch this space
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2008, 07:44:55 PM »

tomorrow I have a meeting with Intel's director for Atoms so I hope to score some good stories, watch this space

Thanks for the update, I'll be watching closely.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 05:43:59 AM »

*Update*  the Intel Atom processor family has received its first preliminary benchmarks:



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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 11:03:36 AM »

I'm no expert on this particular issue, but still I gotta say I expected a bit more... Just marginally better than a Tualatin ?
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 05:24:49 PM »

as I can see it's not even better than the old tualatin , considering DDR2 and much faster FSB in account Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 07:10:39 PM »

*Update*  the Intel Atom processor family has received its first preliminary benchmarks:

I wounder how usefull a Pi-Test for real-world application is....
I doubt it is usefull at all...


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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2008, 01:24:20 AM »

hmm its slower than I expected.
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2008, 07:11:19 AM »

*Update*  the Intel Atom processor family has received its first preliminary benchmarks:

I wounder how usefull a Pi-Test for real-world application is....
I doubt it is usefull at all...


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Yeah I'd have to agree that a Pi test does nothing to prove real-world performance.  If I'm correct, they probably aren't even using a multicore optimized version of the app either (Hyper Pi), and so we won't really be able to see what this architecture is capable of until there are at least some Divx and WinRAR benches.
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2008, 12:28:06 PM »

Yeah I'd have to agree that a Pi test does nothing to prove real-world performance.  If I'm correct, they probably aren't even using a multicore optimized version of the app either (Hyper Pi), and so we won't really be able to see what this architecture is capable of until there are at least some Divx and WinRAR benches.

Hmm... I doubt you have a dvd-rom to rip a DVD Smiley
If it's really that slow, than it looks quite uninteresting and you can stay with VIA Smiley


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