Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#CHIPS: "Intel's Atom Extends Mobile Battery Life"

Intel is still the number one chip maker worldwide, but not for long if trends keep pushing new users to smartphones and tablets instead of traditional PCs and laptops, since most of these mobile devices use ARM cores. The tide may turn in 2013, however, if Intel can deliver on the ultra-low-power Atom processor it unveiled today at IEDM: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Intel's FinFET transistors use three-dimensional (3-D) fins to increase the surface are of its gates, thus lowering leakage and increasing field strength for lower voltage power supplies--both of which boost battery lifetime for mobile devices.

Here is what GoParallel says about Intel's Atom: Intel is aiming to upgrade its Atom processor for the biggest growth areas were in mobile chips. The new low-power process for its mobile Atom processors was described at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM 2012, San Francisco, Dec. 10-11). The new ultra-low-power Atom will extend the battery life of smartphones, tablets, netbooks, embedded systems and other wireless devices, according to Intel...
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