“Intel Corp. said this weekend that ‘Intel Atom’ will be the official name for its new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.
“Formally code-named ‘Silverthorne,’ the chip is expected to turn up in several Apple products starting in the second half of the year. It’s based on an entirely new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, yet maintains the Intel Core 2 Duo instruction set, allowing it to run the same applications as today’s Intel-based notebook and desktop systems,” Lane reports.
“The chip, which includes support for multiple threads, measures less than 25 mm, making it Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor yet. ‘Up to 11 Intel Atom processor die — the tiny slivers of silicon packed with 47 million transistors each — would fit in an area the size of an American penny,’ the chipmaker said in a statement,” Lane reports.
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom” for the heads up.]