At Computex 2011 Intel let the world know what their plans are for our favorite CPU, the Intel Atom, and though we have no word on the TPD it shaping up to be an even more interesting mobile computing space. Executive VP Sean Maloney predictably announced that the next generation chipset was going to offer reduced power and enable sleeker designs. Interestingly there is going to be another class of design, the “Ultrabooks,” which he predicted will make up 40-percent of the market by the end of 2012. These machines, powered by the 22nm Ivy Bridge, will be less than 0.8-inches thick and start at under $1,000 (CULV way back play back anyone?)
Maloney also confirmed that, the Atom line would be getting a die shrink every year, as opposed to every two. The upcoming, 32nm Cedar Trail will usher in the new Moore’s Law-smashing era with promises of a 10 hour battery life and weeks of standby, and will be succeeded by 22nm and 14nm models.
We also heard about Medfield, which is greatly anticipated as its aimed at the smartphone and tablet ecosystem. There are 10 tablets running the Z670 which is based on Oak Trail which we got our fill of at IDF Beijing, but are glad to see more models hitting the streets.