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Hi Mr. Hruska,
And third competitors:
The new 22nm chip should be a strong competitor for AMD's Kabini (28nm, quad-core, expected to drop by the middle of this year) as well as 28nm VIA QuadCore CN-R designs based on the VIA "Isaiah II".
VIA "Isaiah II" Architecture new Highlights
• new quad-core processor (CN-R) on a single chip
• 28nm TSMC lithography
• 2MB L3 Cache
• SIMD: up to AVX2
• 1333MHz V4 Bus
• speeds from 1.2GHz to 2.0GHz
• advanced VIA PadLock Security Engine unit with new cryptography operations
Quote, " and it'll be the first Atom to feature Intel's own video graphics instead of a licensed part from Imagination Technologies. "
No, it's just the first since the ATOM went 32nm! Unless you meant first ATOM SoC with Intel graphics?
The original ATOM started with Intel based embedded graphics, GMA 950 and then GMA 3150 when they came out with the Pine Trail update, and it was the Z-Series ATOM that first introduced a Imagination PowerVR GPU based GMA, specifically SGX535, with the GMA 500 (200MHz), which later got enhanced to GMA600 (400MHz).
It was the release of 32nm Cedar Trail last year that marked when all ATOMs were switched to Imagination PowerVR, with the SGX545 based GMA3600 (400MHz) and GMA3650 (640MHz).
While Medfield used one based on SGX540 and Clover Trail uses one based on SGX545, like Cedar Trail but clocked between the 3600 and 3650 at 533MHz.
However, it is the first time Intel is putting any serious effort into the technology for the ATOM as the new GMA will be based on the higher end Ivy Bridge HD4000... just scaled down from 16 execution units to 4 but is claimed to still offer over 3x the performance of the present Clover Trail GMA.
A nice bump for sure but AMD should still hold the graphical advantage over Intel but at least this will mean ATOMs will get back full 64bit support and Linux driver support, as well as helping Intel hold its own graphically in the mobile market.
Intel-based netbooks are dead. ARM-based Android netbooks are alive and well. As usual, Intel missed the boat by relying on vastly inferior GPU technology.
After the last few yawn-inspiring Atoms, it's very nice to see a real performance boost.
With the CPU much better and decent video performance, this could be a nice chip to put in a media PC or a 10 to 12 inch laptop.