The Intel® AtomTM processor is the name given to 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. The company also announced the Intel® Centrino® AtomTM processor technology for MID platforms, consisting of multiple chips that enable the best Internet experience in a pocketable device.
The Intel Atom processor is a chip that measures less than 22 mm² and is designed specifically for small devices and low power. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. It contains 47 million transistors on a single chip which can fit in an area of size of an American penny thus making it Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor. All this while delivering the power and performance you need for full Internet capabilities.
These new 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 in comparison to today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors with a TDP in the 35 watt range.
“This is our smallest processor built with the world’s smallest transistors. The Intel® AtomTM processor is based on an entirely new design, built for low power and designed specifically for a new wave of Mobile Internet Devices and simple, low-cost PC’s. 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.”
– Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney
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.
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.
It will surely be very helpful for the MIDs users around the globe, but I wonder when it will hit India.