Intel's latest desktop and laptop chips are of the Sandy Bridge family, but when it comes to the entry-level price points and netbooks, it's all about the Atom.
The Atom processor family hasn't been getting the love that Intel's desktop-class chips get, but that'll all change. Intel's Executive Vice President Sean Maloney at his Computex address highlighted key milestones and additional details on upcoming generations of Intel Atom processor-based platforms for tablets, netbooks and smartphones.
Intel says that the upcoming Atom processor innovations will actually outpace Moore’s Law, accelerating from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm within three successive years. Improvements from one generation to the next will include reduction in transistor leakage, lower active power and increase of transistor density to enable more powerful smartphones, tablets, netbooks with more features and longer battery life.
Reaching its 100 million-unit milestone this month, Intel is preparing its next-generation netbook platform, codenamed “Cedar Trail.” Cedar Trail is the first netbook platform based on Intel’s 32nm technology, and will bring ultra-thin, fanless designs with new capabilities such as Rapid Start technology which provides fast resume, Smart Connect Technology which enables always updated experience even during standby, Wireless Display and PC Synch, which let users wirelessly update and synchronize documents, content and media across multiple devices. In addition, the new platform will enable more than 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby. Cedar Trail will support leading operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome and MeeGo.