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Intel Ships New Atom Processors To PC Makers 59

Posted by timothy
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randomErr writes "Intel began shipping the new mobile Atom, formerly codenamed 'Cedar Trail', processors to manufacturers. As with most new chips it has more features and longer battery life. Intel said today 'Computing systems using new Atom processors will debut in early 2012 through leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba.'"
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Intel Ships New Atom Processors To PC Makers

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  • ARM (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 29, 2011 @02:34PM (#38528836)

    Intel is really afraid of ARM: they can't compete on energy efficiency and virtual machines makes their instructions unncecessary.

  • by erroneus (253617) on Thursday December 29, 2011 @02:39PM (#38528906) Homepage

    Where are they selling it? Don't get me wrong. I have a netbook. My wife has one. My son has one. We all use them... well, I haven't used mine for a long time ... it is something of a backup/skype device but that's about it.

    All the tablets and things coming out now are running ARM. Microsoft has already buried both the Atom and the netbook by blocking and discouraging them in every way they could imagine. Windows XP is no longer available through OEM and Microsoft somehow has the power to make everyone cripple their implementation of Atom to 2GB or less RAM supported. So what is Intel targeting?

  • by tepples (727027) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [selppet]> on Thursday December 29, 2011 @02:52PM (#38529068) Homepage Journal

    All the tablets and things coming out now are running ARM.

    Come Windows 8, which expands support for capacitive touch tablets, Intel wants to be ready in order not to give the entire market to ARM. The big advantage of Atom is that existing non-free niche applications designed for Windows XP will likely run on an Atom-powered Windows tablet roughly as fast as they would on a PC with a comparably clocked Pentium 4. Because they're non-free, the end user can't recompile them for ARM, and because they're niche, the publisher is likely unwilling to.

    Microsoft somehow has the power to make everyone cripple their implementation of Atom to 2GB or less RAM supported

    Can you cite an article showing how Microsoft is responsible? Google 2 gb atom limit microsoft failed me.

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