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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Intel Unleashes Powerful, Power-Saving Atom Chips

Intel unveiled the Centrino Atom family of low power processors for mobile Internet devices. It also announced a new class of inexpensive, simple Internet centric computers, called "netbooks," which will hit the market later this year.

The Atom processor is based on a new micro-architecture designed for small devices with low power consumption. It is compatible with the Intel Core 2 Duo instruction set, and supports multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness.

Their thermal design power (TDP) specification maxes out at 2.5 watts, less than one-tenth the 35 watts TDP of the current mobile Core 2 Duo processors. The new family supports hyper-threading technology, which lets the processor execute two instruction threads in parallel.

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