As Haswell Nears, Intel to Redesign the Atom CPU

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Intel AtomIn a statement released earlier today, Intel announced that next week they’d announce the major changes they were planning to bring to the Atom CPU lineup. The company is feeling intense pressure right now, especially from ARM CPUs. The ARM CPUs that power most smartphones and tablets are increasingly expanding their presence into other areas of computing; HP recently announced new server technologies that depend heavily on using ARM designs to save on power.

The idea that this omnipresent smartphong CPU could soon be powering servers must terrify Intel.

This new Atom will likely maintain its low power draw, while taking more cues from the company’s more expensive CPU lines; better performance and substantially faster graphics chips will likely be included.

Intel has designated the architecture changes behind these new Atom chips as part of the ‘Silvermont’ line; both tablet and smartphone chips, as well as higher performance CPUs designated for use with low-end notebooks and PCs will come out of the change.

Perhaps most drastic is that the new Silvermont Atoms will offer quad-core chip designs; a first for Intel’s low-end lineup. You can expect to see the first products incorporating these new Atom chips by holiday season this year.

via C|Net

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