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Future Atom to be system-on-a-chip, dubbed 'Silvermont', packs 3D transistors?

Intel working on a new Atom processor, two generations beyond the current Atoms

By: Anthony Garreffa from May 12, 2011 @ 20:48 CDT

The future of Atom is looking rosey, Intel are touting that the new Atom-based "micro-architecture" which is codenamed "Silvermont" is due in 2013 and should be rocking a new architecture as well as a new transistor structure. Intel's new Atom when combined with the powers of 3D transistors, should push forward new levels of integration, performance and most of all power efficiency.

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Silvermont will be a system-on-a-chip design just like current smartphone and tablet chips, even including Intel's upcoming Z760 processor which is a SOC design. Intel are looking to move the Atom processor road map at speeds faster than Moore's Law (here's hoping they don't get a speeding ticket) which generally states that the number of transistors that can be placed on a chip doubles roughly every two years.

Atom SoCs are currently shipping with 45nm-based tech, moving to a 32-based process in volume this year, Silvermont is right behind them with the SoC-based design and is looking to ship with its new architecture in 2013. This results in three process generations and one new architecture inside of a three year timespan. Intel needs this to work as there is ever-increasing competition coming rom virtually all sides - AMD, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and NVIDIA... all pumping away releasing pretty exciting stuff.

Who cares where the tech comes from, just gimme, gimme, gimme.

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