Intel splits Atom

Intel is entering new markets with its Atom processor family. The company chose Computex, Taipei to announce its move and also unveiled its future plans for the CPU family

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Intel splits Atom
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  June 2, 2010

Computex, Taipei was the platform Intel chose to talk about its current and future plans for its low-power consumption Atom processor family.

Intel claimed that in the past 45 days its Atom processor has entered several new markets outside of its regular reach, the latter of which has already seen over 50 million Intel-based netbooks sold in the past two years. The company announced a processor and MeeGo software win with Chinese car manufacturer HawTai Automobile for a future in-vehicle-infotainment platform.

MeeGo is an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin project, headed by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open source activity. The aim is to provide a Linux-based operating system for netbooks, handheld devices, televisions and set-top boxes, as well as in-vehicle computers.

The processor titan has been shipping its dual-core Atom processors for nettops (the category is now known as entry-level desktops) for some time and has only now begun integrating these dual-core chips into netbooks. Netbooks with the Atom N455 and N475 processors and outfitted with DDR3 RAM are said to be already available on the market. Intel says its expects entry-level desktop PCs based on the D525 and D425 Atom processors to hit markets by June 21.

Intel also announced a few details about its next-generation Atom platform, codenamed ‘Oak Trail'. This platform is said to deliver up to a 50% reduction in average power consumption and has been designed specifically for tablet machines and extremely thin netbooks. Products based on Oak Trail are scheduled to become available to customers in early 2011.

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