MANAGING EMERGING SOC DEVELOPMENT


IEEE Design & Test of Computers, March/April 2009, pp. 8–13

Intel Atom processorSource: Intel

The Story behind the Intel Atom Processor Success

by Brad Beavers

The Intel Atom processor, a radically new design that makes possible a wide range of new mobile products, is Intel's smallest processor, built with the world's smallest transistors, and manufactured on Intel's industry-leading 45-nm high-k metal gate technology. Silverthorne, the code name for the first processor under this brand, features a 10x reduction in power consumption. The project assumed large risks, yet it delivered highly functional silicon well ahead of schedule.

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