Whether you love them, or just love to hate them, it’s hard to deny the fact that Intel’s low-powered Atom CPUs have taken the computer world by storm. Almost single-handedly enabling the netbook and nettop market, the new chips have been criticized in recent months for not advancing far enough with each successive release. Is Intel looking to change that?
UMPCPortal checked out Intel’s IDF 2011 sesstion catalog and discovered a number of referenceres to the little processor that could – no fewer than eight, in fact.
Of course, that could all just be about Intel getting developers more excited about the Atom platform – except for the fact that the world’s primary x86 CPU maker spoke of “next-generation Intel Atom processor based” machines.
What can we expect? Lower power requirements, of course, and similar if slightly faster performance. Intel is also looking at “fanless” designs, meaning a netbook or HTPC that makes zero noise whatsoever – a plus for any media fan.