Intel Corp. is on track with the gradual expansion of addressable markets for its system-on-chip solutions based on Atom low-power core. As the micro-architecture is evolving and the company is developing additional building blocks, revenues that Intel gets from selling Atom-powered solutions may get significantly higher, according to a financial analyst.
When Intel unveiled its first Atom processors in 2008, the company officially positioned the new chips for netbooks, nettops and smartphones. But already in 2009 the company proposed select third-parties to make custom Atom-based system-on-chips at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in order to popularize the technology. While that effort did not turn into a success, the recent developments show that Intel is on track with its Atom system-on-chip strategy.
“This latest introduction of Intel’s Atom server chip is another step in the build-out of Intel’s strategy for Atom. Although Intel initially targeted netbooks as the main market for Atom, the company’s long-term strategy was always to add different types of circuitry to the Atom processor core to develop different types of system-on-chip (SoC) products for various markets,” wrote David Wong, an analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, in a note to clients.
Starting from 2011 – 2012, Intel Atom-based solutions address ultra low-cost PCs (netbooks and n), embedded applications, consumer electronics, tablets, smartphones, micro-servers and storage solutions.
In late 2013 the world’s largest chipmaker intends to unveil the first Atom system-on-chips powered by Silvermont micro-architecture and made using 22nm SoC process technology. Typical code-named Valleyview SoC for netbooks, notebooks and desktops will also be able to address more demanding applications thanks to rich feature-set and I/O options. With further customization, Atom-powered SoCs will address even broader market segments.
Tags: Intel, Avoton, Atom, Silvermont, ValleyView, 22nm
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Intel is doing the same thing as Mike D'Antoni; they're trying to shoe-horn something they like to do into a situation where it won't work.
x86 isn't the right instruction set for phones or tablets. Intel can try to turn Pau into a 3-point shooter and fail, or they can wise up and give him the ball on the block and succeed.
Not only does x86 carry a penalty in performance, size and power use, it also suffers from incompatibility with most of the software developed for these devices. It's a lose-lose, and all the talent in the world isn't going to be enough to fit that round peg into the square hole.
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so how do you explain that there is already an Atom-based smartphone and its performance and battery life are both good?
12/16/12 06:22:57 PM]
The ONLY reason intel have had ANY design wins with atom is due to intels superior fab/scale capabilities, if not for that they would have to be paying ppl to use atom, were as until now they just bribe/practically give them away
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