Intel Fleshes Out Atom Processor Lineup
Yesterday we saw Intel displaying some ultra portables based on Atom processors and today we see Intel adding five new processors to the Atom family. The new additions are all built on the 45nm process and range in speed from 800MHz to 1.86GHz, they also all feature 512KB of L2 cache. These Silverthorne based processors are squished onto a package roughly the size of a penny (13mm x 14mm) and are destined to find homes in what Intel refers to as Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as GPS devices, portable video players and any other device you can think of that could make use of them. Prices range from $45 for the Z500 @ 800MHz, up to $160 for the Z540 @ 1.86GHz. Back up for these chips will come in the form of Intel's new System Controller Hub (SCH), which incorporates a number of useful features such as HD Audio, PCIe and USB plus WiFi, WiMAX, EV-DO and HSDPA capabilities. Also included is a graphics solution with support for hardware accelerated 720p and 1080i content. Part of the philosophy behind the Atom processor is getting Intel into new developing markets, but there seems to be enough potential here to offer useful products for well established markets as well.