Pushing Moore’s Law: Intel debuts its Atom Processor for Tablets

Almost 5 years ago, Intel came out of its high tech HQ with news of their new processor for the netbooks, otherwise known as the Atom. These atom processors were meant to be powerful, yet efficient. Intel released the Atom with the purpose of them becoming the main processor for most netbooks, and they were, for the most part; but, in late 2009/2010, the netbook market began to become overshadowed by the tablet market. Although the Atom processors were capable of running on these new tablets, tablet makers preferred ARM processors and Atom became a forgotten relic. But today, Intel is back, and ready to compete with ARM with their new Atom processors codenamed Oak Trail.

Oak Trail is the Intel’s newest Atom Z670 processor made especially for tablets. “Built using a 45nm manufacturing process, the Z670 runs at 1.5GHz and promises to support 1080p video with the aid of Intel’s GMA 600 integrated graphics, while also keeping power consumption to a minimum and allowing for smaller, thinner, and fan-less devices” states Engadget in its write-up. Oak Trail is Intel’s way of paving the way for new tablets, and has already gotten almost 35 new tablet designs based off of its architecture. And as I’m writing this, a new leak has been published showing that Oak Trail isn’t the end for Intel in the tablet market. This new leak is a roadmap showing multiple sequels to the processors Intel has out today. Included is a new and better tablet processor codenamed Cloverview, and will be built using a newer 32nm manufacturing process. Unfortunately, there was no release date for Cloverview, but Oak Trail does, starting in May, the processor will be used in tablets and will continue to be used until Cloverview is released.

Although, Oak Trail and Cloverview show that Intel is headed in the right tablet-based direction, they don’t mean that Intel has abandoned the netbook market. The leaked roadmap also shows that not only will Intel show off it’s 32nm Cedar Trail platform at its Developer Forum in Beijing, but will release multiple processors for the dying market in the coming months, along with a successor to its highly popular Sandy Bridge CPU’s, codenamed Ivy Bridge.


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Ian Schwartz had written 137 articles for TEKNAMI

Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.