Atom

Chris Nuttall

Intel has unveiled the capabilities of a power-frugal Atom processor it says will make it more competitive in not just smartphones and tablets, but also in microservers and other market segments, including in-car entertainment.

Codenamed Silvermont, the new chip offers three times more peak performance than the previous Atom generation or five times lower power demands at the same performance, according to the company. It will debut on 22 nanometres – a circuit width that the rest of the industry has not matched thus far – and Intel will extend its efficiencies with a move to 14nm next year. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel has introduced the low-power Atom processor – codenamed Clover Trail – that carries its hopes of making a dent in the tablet market when Windows 8 launches on October 26.

But first, the chipmaker had to carry out a damage-limitation exercise at the launch event in San Francisco on Thursday, clearing up remarks reportedly made at a private company meeting in Taiwan by Paul Otellini, chief executive, that Windows 8 was still buggy and not ready. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel announced a breakthrough for its Atom processors at The Cable Show in Chicago this week, with the operator Comcast including them in its set-top boxes for the first time. However, it appears Comcast is going back to a previous processor generation for its device, casting doubt on whether this is quite the advance that Intel claims. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel has launched its first major effort to win market share in tablet devices, while revealing how it will defend the netbook market it dominates from this year’s slate onslaught. The world’s biggest chipmaker is announcing the availability of its first chip specifically designed for tablets and is giving a sneak peek at its developer forum in Beijing this week of its next-generation netbook chip. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Intel has begun its big push into mobile phones and tablet devices by unveiling the details of an Atom processor platform that uses 50 times less power in idle mode than its current-generation chips.

Excessive power usage has been the chipmaker’s Achilles’ heel in trying to break into smartphones. It needed to reduce consumption to make Atom competitive with Arm-based chips in handheld devices, but the paucity of partner products announced to date suggests it still faces a long haul to make a dent in these new markets. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show and the launch of an assault on its mobile strategy, Intel has announced an upgrade to its Atom microprocessor.

Atom has dominated the netbook category but it faces a challenge at CES from smaller, leaner-on-energy smartbooks featuring Arm-based processors. Read more