Linked by caffeine deprived on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 03:21 UTC
Intel Not only has Intel teamed up TSMC to produce Atom CPUs, the company has also unveiled four Atom chips that will go into devices such as entertainment systems for cars, videoconferencing devices, robots and interactive kiosks. "The Z500-series Atom processors are integrated chips the size of a penny that draw little power and do not require fans to operate. The chips draw 2.5 watts of power or less and run at speeds of between 1.10GHz and 1.6GHz. They offer integrated 2D and 3D graphics and will be manufactured using Intel's existing 45-nanometer process."
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Comment by darknexus
by darknexus on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 04:26 UTC
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Now, these chips could be really awesome in a netbook. Talk about battery life.

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RE: Comment by darknexus
by Piranha on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 14:22 in reply to "Comment by darknexus"
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The CPU is the least of the worries on netbook power, currently. The 945 chipset (soon to be replaced) is the 11watt power draw on the unit, nevermind what the backlight/LCD pulls. Agreed it's nice to see power consumption of the CPU drop, with added features, but it's not going to help on battery life as much as you'd think.

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RE[2]: Comment by darknexus
by darknexus on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 18:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by darknexus"
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No one ever said Intel would continue to use the high-power chipset forever though. It'd make more sense for them to drop to a lower powered chipset with these otherwise, you're quite right, a drop in CPU isn't going to help much if at all.

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