Intel unleashes the mighty Atom

New Atom and Atom Centrino chips designed for low-power computing and mobile devices

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 5, 2008

Intel has announced a set of new lower power processors that are designed for mobile internet devices and low-end PCs.

The new ‘Atom' family of chips is being introduced to capitalize on growing demand for mobility and portability in computing and mobile devices, particularly when used for internet-based activities.

The Intel Atom processors, codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, are based on a brand new architecture that uses the Intel 45nm hi-K production technology, to minimize size and power consumption, while keeping the Intel Core2 Duo instruction set compatibility.

For mobile devices, Intel is releasing the Centrino Atom, formerly Menlow, which combines includes a smaller sized Atom chip with wireless and integrated graphics, for enhanced mobile browsing functionality.

Samir Al Schamma, Intel general manager GCC said: "This is our smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors. 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."

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