It is a brand name for the series of low voltage X86 and x86-64 microprocessors manufactured by Intel. It is designed according to the complementary metal oxide semi conductor and within 45 nm chip used mostly in mobile devices. 45nm chip was introduced in 2008 and besides Intel many other companies also used it like Samsung, Matsushita and IBM. Recently at the end of 2009 Intel announced the launch of next production of N450 atom processors.
Intel Atom is the next generation of A100/110 microprocessors. Intel A100/110 microprocessors were developed on 90nm with a cache of about 512KB and have a speed of 600MHz to 800MHz. the codename for Intel Atom is Silverthorne and Diamondville. Prior to the announcement of the Silverthorne, manufacturers of laptops were speculating that Intel Atom would be close competitor to the AMD Geode systems. However in 2007 after the launch of Diamondville the manufacturers realized that the worlds of microprocessors have been revolutionized again by Intel. It was aimed to be used by one laptop per child association’s project. Atom was known as the brand name under which Intel decided to sell Silverthorne and other supporting chipsets like Menlow. Diamondville and Silverthorne are based on the identical micro architecture. Silverthorne was termed as Atom Z series and Diamondville is known as Atom N series. Silverthorne became the part of the expensive mobile devices whereas low cost devices were embedded with Diamondville. The common devices like desktop computers and notebooks essentially used Diamondville. Intel also established a joint venture with Lenovo in order to develop IdeaPad U8. The weight of this chip was 280gms with a diameter of about 12cm. it was highly efficient in terms of picture display and portability. It provided touch screen facility along with trouble-free internet viewing.
Features of the Atom Processors
Intel Atom is considered to be the smallest chip having very small transistors. This chip was designed on the basis of micro architecture. It was aimed to become the very necessary part of the MID’s (Mobile Internet Devices) and the low cost personal computers. It is small in size but it can provide very high internet connectivity and display on the mobile devices. Intel’s vice president believes that it will revolutionize the world of microprocessors. The invention of Intel atom and other related low power microchips helps the mobile devices to operate at very high speed. This revolutionary processor has about 47 million transistors embedded on it. it has a measurement of about 26mm Intel’s smallest chips with very high speed internet viewing. This technology also offers many different benefits like long battery life, low power consumption and energy efficiency provided in really small portable devices. The company claims that Intel atom was invented with a view to increase performance and lowering the power demands. This chipset is aimed to run according to the Intel’s architecture.
Future Product Launches
The development and creativity with the Intel atom is not limited to the Silverthorne and Diamondville. More development is expected in the coming years. For example it is expected that Intel would launch pineview Atom chipsets. More launches will take place in 2011 with a new version of Atom platform called “cedar Trail”. This chip would take on 32nm technology. The purpose of these new technologies is to swank the performance and the clock rate. However these chips are facing AMD‘s nonstop competition with a product series like Athlon Neo. Cedar view is expected to double the graphical power view. Though Intel is facing competition in market but it also collaborated with many companies like Lenovo and Taiwan semiconductor manufacturing company in order to improve the products.