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Intel to Show Off Next-gen Atom at IDF in April

Intel is going to be introducing something new at IDF Beijing next month. Kicking off on April 12, UMPC Portal reports that one of the sessions promises to afford attendees first looks at the next-gen Atom platform.

According to the IDF session catalog, the session, dubbed "Designing a New Generation of Netbooks with the Intel Atom Processor Based Platform" will will cover the following topics:

• Platform capabilities enabled by Intel® WiFi solutions that deliver new netbook usage models
• Features and benefits overview of the next generation Intel Atom processor based platform
• Thermal solutions for cool and quiet fanless netbook designs
• Exciting demonstrations

Other than that, details are thin on the ground. However, there are several other Atom-related sessions scheduled to take place at IDF next month. These are: "The Intel Atom Processor Based Platform Advantage," "Designing Affordable Solutions for Entry-Level Desktops with the Intel Atom Processor," "Developing Intel Atom Processor Based Tablets," "Optimizing Touch Experience on Intel Atom Processor Based Platforms," "Intel Atom Processor Power Optimization Guide," and finally, "Hands-on Lab: Embedded Application Graphic and Video Performance with the Intel Atom Processor E6XX Platform."

  • Yuka
    "Designing a New Generation of Netbooks with the Intel Atom Processor Based Platform"

    That new design means: No Flash, No 3D rendering and crappy CPU capabilities.

    Unless they pack it in like 12W (the full system) it's gonna suck.

    Cheers!
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  • So, a waste of money and development efforts. They already have great architectures that could be scaled down while maintaining a good IPC. Just take I5, drop some cache and make things as leak proof as possible. A "i5" type arch with hyperthreading even at 800mhz would eat any current Atom for lunch. Hell, my old 1.7ghz P4 would knock the Atoms at any kind of intensive single threaded tasks like Flash acceleration.....
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  • buckiller
    Anand Chandrasekher Senior VP and General Manager of the Ultra Mobility Group just left the company. Perhaps because of Intel's lack of win in the market?
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  • ta152h
    People keep forgetting that Atom isn't just about low power, it's about low cost as well. It's extremely small, and thus inexpensive.

    Not everyone lives in the United States, and in very poor countries, the money they can save using this platform can make the difference between between having a computer and not having a computer. And having an Atom, especially a dual core, means being able to do all of what over 95% of the people use a computer for.


    Compared to not having a computer at all, the difference between an Atom and a Sandy Bridge is nothing.
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  • prodigygamer
    TA152HPeople keep forgetting that Atom isn't just about low power, it's about low cost as well. It's extremely small, and thus inexpensive. Not everyone lives in the United States, and in very poor countries, the money they can save using this platform can make the difference between between having a computer and not having a computer. And having an Atom, especially a dual core, means being able to do all of what over 95% of the people use a computer for.Compared to not having a computer at all, the difference between an Atom and a Sandy Bridge is nothing.
    ""Designing a New Generation of Netbooks with the Intel Atom Processor Based Platform" will will cover the following topics:"

    Wtf, is there an echo in here I am missing missing? :)
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  • tsnorquist
    @TA152H

    You're spot on. Further, these types of chips will be used in TVs, Cars, Appliances, etc.

    I imagine a low power server farm could benefit from such architecture as well.
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  • dogman_1234
    ^ That is what they are planning.
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  • jimmysmitty
    buckillerAnand Chandrasekher Senior VP and General Manager of the Ultra Mobility Group just left the company. Perhaps because of Intel's lack of win in the market?
    And yet how many Netbooks can you buy that don't have Atom?

    Atom created the Netbook market.

    My guess would be, much like Ivy Bridge thats being shown off in May, it will be based on Intels 22nm process. If so, it will kill anything on a performance/power scale.
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  • buckiller
    jimmysmittyAnd yet how many Netbooks can you buy that don't have Atom?Atom created the Netbook market. My guess would be, much like Ivy Bridge thats being shown off in May, it will be based on Intels 22nm process. If so, it will kill anything on a performance/power scale.
    The UMG is for smartphones. Intel is getting killed in that market. ARM is a big time contender in post-pc devices and the software houses are realizing. Windows 8 will be available for ARM architectures.
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  • eddieroolz
    Atom has outlived its usefulness here, but as TA152H points out it may still have uses in special applications and in foreign nations.
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