“What will Steve Jobs do next? …The latest clue will come Wednesday in Shanghai at the Intel Developer Forum, where the chip maker will detail its new lineup of low-cost, low-power processors, dubbed Atom, for handheld devices and embedded gizmos,” Brian Caulfield reports for Forbes.
“Intel announced more than 20 customers for the new chips Monday, including Fujitsu, Lenovo, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba,” Caulfield reports. “Intel’s most intriguing customer, however, isn’t showing its intentions. This is despite the fact that analysts say Apple will almost certainly dip into Intel’s new line of processors, as they grow both more power-efficient and more powerful.”
“While Apple is far from Intel’s biggest customer, where Apple goes, the rest of the industry tends to follow. Take a look at Dell and Gateway’s iMac knockoffs, introduced last year, for a case-study in Apple’s influence,” Caulfield reports.
“So what do Atom’s specs tell us? The new processors will run at speeds of up to 1.83 Ghz–cranking out performance comparable to a 2004 era notebook–while using only modest amounts of power. The result will be a new class of pocket-sized, battery-powered gizmos, which Intel says will begin shipping later this quarter,” Caulfield reports.
“Such a gizmo sounds an awful lot like the tablet-sized, Web-surfing touch-screen gizmo some speculate Apple is working on,” Caulfield reports.
Full article, complete with the idiotic Roger Kay offering his meaningless, yet oddly rhyming, quotes, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TowerTone” for the heads up.]