posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Apr 2008 21:49 UTC
"Atom is the brand name for Intel's newly-launched ultramobile processor line, but it could just as well be the name for Intel's next-generation 45nm microarchitecture. This new core microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, forms the basic building block from which Intel will assemble the brains for everything from high-end servers to svelte notebooks. Insofar as Nehalem represents a lot more than just a new processor, it's a significant shift for Intel at almost every level. In this article, I'll give a general overview of Nehalem, focusing on the major changes and big new features that the architecture will eventually bring to Intel's entire x86 processor line. A more in-depth examination of Nehalem from me will show up later in the spring; for now, read on for the highlights. Here's what you need to know about Nehalem."