Thursday, March 20, 2008

Intel has launched Atom, its new processor for mobile internet devices. The Atom is less than 25 square millimeters in size. A review report said that the 45nm-process chips have a thermal design power specification in the 0.6 to 2.5 Watt range and will scale to speeds of 1.8GHz. The Atom, which was earlier codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, is based on a new micro-architecture, making it the company's smallest and lowest power processor as of date.

Intel has clarified that Atom is its smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors. Adding that the Atom is a small wonder, the company has said that it is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big internet experience on these new devices. The components maintain compatibility with Intel's Core 2 Duo instruction set and offer support for multiple threads.

Aimed at the fast growing mobile personal computing industry, Intel says that the chip has potential for future applications in consumer electronics devices, embedded applications, and thin clients. Seeing a demand for a new category of low-cost, internet-centric mobile computing devices and basic desktop PCs growing, the company plans to release the first batch of Atom processors in early 2008. Intel has made the Atom family of processors based on a new microarchitecture, which is meant for smaller devices with lower power consumption.

Meanwhile, Intel has also announced the Centrino Atom processor technology aimed specially at mobile Internet devices. It includes the Intel Atom processor, a low power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, as well as thinner and lighter designs.


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