Intel has revealed some of the details of its upcoming next-generation Atom processors. For those familiar with current-gen Atom processors, there aren’t any changes but the big one.
For those who haven’t been keeping up, Ars Technica has an excellent article up detailing what we can expect from the new line of Atom processors. As well you might expect, they all weigh in at the 1.66GHz mark, which isn’t any different from the Atom processors we see powering netbooks today. There are two big shifts coming though, and the first is towards a dual core Atom processor, the D510. It might seem small, but keeping the energy efficiency of the Atom line and adding a second core is no mean feat. We’ll be curious to see how it behaves in real life.
Secondly, as the folks from Ars Technica seem happy to dwell on, we’re seeing Intel make the move to an on-die GPU. The overall aim, from Intel’s point of view, is that there are fewer chips on the go at any given time, meaning that you’ve still got your GPU horsepower on your low-energy chip, but there’s less power consumption going on generally, keeping the whole thing energy efficient. It’s certainly a nice idea, and we’ll be interested to see how the power consumption works out.
The big question for many will likely be just how well the next generation of Atom processors fares in comparison with Nvidia’s ION graphics-as-motherboard solution, which is doing very well for itself indeed.
Anyway, if you’d like to read more about the new line of Atom processors, you should check out the ArsTechnica piece on it. There’s an awful lot of intricate detail in there, so it makes for some very interesting reading.