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Intel Making Industrial Strength Atom CPU

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March 3, 2009 3:17:44 PM

I thought this article would be about super strong atoms that can withstand like 30034093 Gs or something. Thermal spec for such a wimpy CPU, who cares? It is slow anyways. I guess they will be using these in ovens now to display a clock and timer? Will they use them in thermometers to test lava temperature? Ha - of course I am being impractical but seriously. I don't see how this cpu is special in it's task to save the world in high or low temps. Most people are smart enough to use cooling devices to use whatever CPU they want...or a natural heatsource such as A MOTHERBOARD or computer case! Gah - stupid idea for tree hugging hippies that love power savings.
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March 3, 2009 4:27:16 PM

@ Bone Squat, how much processing power does a robotic arm that is welding a door need?
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March 3, 2009 5:15:08 PM

Media phones? Really? Isn't the Atom poor from a power efficiency to computational power perspective?
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March 3, 2009 5:42:02 PM

Seems interesting for a dispositive like a PLC or maybe a SCADA.
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March 3, 2009 5:57:09 PM

Maybe a PLC or SCADA ready industrial computer.
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March 3, 2009 6:28:03 PM

@ Bone Squat: Likewise, how much processing power does an animal tracking tag (like those used to track large aquatic life) need while running on a limited power supply?
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March 3, 2009 6:36:24 PM

Sorry for the double post.
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March 3, 2009 7:50:49 PM

I think that it would be nice inside some navigation car units. Most of them can be quite slow, maybe the Atom can change that.
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March 4, 2009 5:45:13 AM

I am being sarcastic numb skulls. I know there are serious applications - just being ignorant. Geez - bring some humor in here.
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March 4, 2009 10:29:33 AM

What exactly is different about these atoms compared to the normal ones? (except for the socket) The normal ones can likely sustain those operating temperatures as well ...
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March 4, 2009 11:22:59 AM

FrustratedRhino@ Bone Squat, how much processing power does a robotic arm that is welding a door need?

ATMEGA16 would provide enough power to do that.
Bringing x86 in this market ... i don't know ... i think it's a stupid idea. It would make programming a bit easier but Atom is too expensive for this (an atmega16 chip is 1$ or so)
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March 4, 2009 11:28:43 AM

andf@ Bone Squat: Likewise, how much processing power does an animal tracking tag (like those used to track large aquatic life) need while running on a limited power supply?

lol. An Atom on a whale ...that would be a first. Seriously Atom is too much in this case.
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