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Intel Atom powered smartphones and tablets are here

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

Intel first released the Atom back in 2008 as a low cost, low power processor for laptop computers. It is a SoC or a system on a chip by design, which means it is meant to contain all the components needed to power a computer on a single chip. So a few years pass by and the laptop becomes smaller and smaller, becoming a netbook until finally we arrive at what we have today – tablets and mobile phones.

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

Remember all those features we talked about the Atom, about it being small (like naming it “atom” can’t be any more obvious), low powered, and powerful? That makes it the perfect candidate for the “laptops” of today. Enter: Android powered smartphones. Windows 8 powered tablets. iPho-I mean, intelligent phones that you can use to make calls, take photos and videos, surf the Internet, and play 3D games. Heck, I am still trying to train my phone to make me a sandwich. Thing is, not only can these gadgets do all of that, but they can do it all at the same time.

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

So here you are, modern day citizen, reading this article with your super powered phone/phablet/tablet/what have you. Surely by now you can appreciate the power of the Intel Atom processor. The awesome thing about this is that Intel has never stopped innovating. The brand spanking new Z2580, Z2560, and Z2520 processors are optimized for such work – they are even optimized for the Google Android operating system. Sweet, huh?

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

These are 32-nanometer dual core processors built with Hyper-threading Technology. It includes Intel Graphics Media Accelerator for, you know, those realistic 3D games that you love to look at. The chip also has a very fast image processor which includes features for face recognition, HDR (high dynamic range photography), and panoramic shots. I am still trying to convince Intel to add a sandwich making feature just for me. System on a chip, remember?

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

Who uses the Intel Atom processor? Here’s a partial list of Intel’s partners:

  • Acer
  • ASUS
  • Lenovo
  • Motorola
  • ZTE
  • Dell

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

I had a chance to try out some of these amazing gadgets, and they are very very fast. So fast that if you throw me one of the Lenovo smartphones at 60 kilometers per hour and I will catch it faster than you can say “welcome”. Here’s a full list of smartphones powered by the Intel Atom processor.

Intel Launches Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont Microarchitecture

I can keep going on about how awesome the new Intel Atom processor is, but if I were you I would check out one of these babies on my next visit to the gadget store. Or you can keep reading  for the full press release.

So what do you think of the Intel Atom powered smartphones and tablets? Have your say at the comments area below!

Intel Atom press launch photos

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