Intel today introduced five new Intel® Atom™ processors and Intel Centrino® Atom™ processor technology for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and embedded computing solutions at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. The technology package includes the Intel® Atom™ processor (formerly codenamed “Silverthorne”) plus a single-chip with integrated graphics called the Intel® System Controller Hub that enables PC-like capabilities, an uncompromised Internet experience and long battery life in smaller devices that can fit in your pocket. Manufacturers around the world are planning to ship Intel-based MIDs beginning this summer.
ASIA PACIFIC, SINGAPORE, 2 April 2008 – Intel Corporation today introduced
five new Intel® Atom™ processors and Intel Centrino® Atom™ processor technology
for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and embedded computing solutions at the Intel
Developer Forum in Shanghai.
The technology package includes the Intel® Atom™ processor (formerly
codenamed “Silverthorne”) plus a single-chip with integrated graphics called the
Intel® System Controller Hub that enables PC-like capabilities, an uncompromised
Internet experience and long battery life in smaller devices that can fit in
your pocket. Manufacturers around the world are planning to ship Intel-based
MIDs beginning this summer.
MIDs are truly mobile devices that enable the best Internet experience in
pocketable devices. MIDs will allow consumers to communicate, entertain, access
information and be productive on-the-go, and are expected to represent a new
class of next-generation, Internet-based portable video players, navigation
devices, converged tablets and other consumer products.
Formerly codenamed “Menlow,” Intel Centrino Atom processor technology
includes the company’s first-ever Intel Atom processor (formerly
“Silverthorne”). The processor – Intel’s smallest and the world’s fastest chip
under 3 watts – has a thermal design power range1 of 0.65 to 2.4 watts* (versus
35 watts for today’s typical laptop), average power range2 of 160-220 milliwatts
(mW) and idle power range3 of 80-100mW.
These dramatic low-power levels are achieved as a result of several major
processor design power management techniques such as Intel Deep Power Down
Technology (C6), CMOS mode, and Split I/O power supply. When combined with
Intel’s unique and reinvented 45nm high-k metal gate transistor formula, the
chips are very energy efficient and smaller in size, and enable longer battery
life and sleek designs.
“Today is a historic day for Intel and the high-tech industry as we deliver
our first-ever Intel Atom processor and surround it with a great package of
technology,” said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general
manager of the Ultra Mobility Group. “Mix in the incredible innovation coming
from our fellow device makers and software vendors, and we will change the way
consumers will come to know and access the World Wide Web. These forthcoming
MIDs, and some incredible longer-term plans our customers are sharing with us,
will show how small devices can deliver a big Internet experience.”
The Heart of a New Generation of Mobile Internet Devices, and More
As the Internet becomes more pervasive, the desire to be constantly connected
via wireless broadband will continue to drive exciting new compute-intensive
consumer products. Intel processors are designed for and already are the
backbone for the majority of the computers that run and access the Internet, and
today’s Intel Centrino Atom processor technology will enable users to access
this Internet while on-the-go.
The Intel Atom processor (formerly codenamed “Silverthorne”) will come in
speeds up to 1.86 GHz, support Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® technology, and select
SKUs will support Intel Hyper-Threading technology. These capabilities make it
the fastest processor in the sub-3 watt space, enabling a rich user experience
with fast Web page downloads and support for the latest Web technologies such as
highly integrated low-power solution that features advanced low-power 3-D
graphics features, hardware accelerated 720p and 1080i HD video decode
capabilities, Intel High Definition Audio, and a combination of PC and handheld
I/O capabilities such as PCI Express*, USB Host and Client, and SDIO. Intel
Centrino Atom processor technology also enables manufacturers to integrate a
range of wireless connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and cellular
The technical features of the Intel Atom processor and Intel System Controller
Hub will help to create an array of MIDs that offer a range of functions and
variety of pocketable devices. The processors are also designed for fan-less,
small form factor devices for embedded applications such as in-vehicle
infotainment systems, portable point-of-sale devices for retail and more rugged
computing devices such as robotics for industrial manufacturing. For embedded
applications, Intel will include longer 7-year life cycle support.
All told, Intel is introducing five Intel Atom processors and three versions
of its controller hub. More information and pricing is available at
Gelsinger: Milliwatts to Petaflops
During his keynote, Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of
Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, said Intel Architecture (IA) processors now
span MIDs to High- Performance Servers (HPC). In HPC, Intel’s Xeon processors
power three of the world’s top five HPC systems, and in 2007 Intel supplied
roughly four of five processors in the HPC market, including one of the most
powerful in China, the SINOPEC system used for petroleum exploration.
Gelsinger provided some technical details of Intel’s next-generation
processor family, codenamed “Nehalem,” which will begin production in the fourth
quarter. Nehalem will first be seen in high-end desktop processors and dual
processor server systems, and expand to other market segments in 2009. Nehalem
is designed to scale from two to eight cores. Gelsinger also disclosed Intel’s
Advanced Vector Extension new instructions that are planned for a family of
processors due after Nehalem, codenamed “Sandy Bridge” in 2010.
Honglin Zhang, deputy chief director of the IT Center for the China Ministry
of Railways, joined Gelsinger onstage to talk about IA-based systems playing a
pivotal role in providing cost-effective, flexible and reliable end-to-end
solutions. Beijing officials also discussed how the upcoming Olympics* IT
infrastructure and Web portal will be run on Intel Xeon processors. Gelsinger
concluded his keynote talking about Intel’s Visual Computing vision and need for
more compute performance, higher memory and I/O bandwidth, improved graphics,
better software tools and libraries in order to deliver photo-realistic 3-D
rendering, high-definition video and audio, and computer modeling, all leading
to a better computing experience. One critical element will be the “Larrabee”
Architecture, which will feature many Intel architecture cores, a new cache
architecture and new vector processing instruction se.