Intel’s Silverthorne Now With New Name ‘Atom’


Intel has formally announced that it has chosen the name ‘Atom’ for its new family of low-power processors (previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville) designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of Internet-centric computers arriving later this year.

The Intel Atom processor is based on a new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel Core 2 Duo instruction set compatibility consumers are accustomed to when using a standard PC and the Internet. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. The chip measures less than 25 mm, making it Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor yet.


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