Intel's Atom Architecture: The Journey Beginsby Anand Lal Shimpi on April 2, 2008 12:05 AM EST
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Alongside the technology disclosure, Intel is also unveiling the first five Atom processors that will be shipping this year:
|Clock Speed||TDP||Average Power||Idle Power (C6)||FSB||SMT||Price|
|Intel Atom Z500||800MHz||0.65W||160mW||80mW||400MHz||No||$45|
|Intel Atom Z510||1.1GHz||2W||220mW||100mW||400MHz||No||$45|
|Intel Atom Z520||1.33GHz||2W||220mW||100mW||533MHz||Yes||$65|
|Intel Atom Z530||1.60GHz||2W||220mW||100mW||533MHz||Yes||$95|
|Intel Atom Z540||1.86GHz||2.4W||220mW||100mW||533MHz||Yes||$160|
We originally expected Atom to top out at 1.60GHz but it looks like Intel wanted an even higher performing 1.86GHz part in the mix. At 1.86GHz, the Atom should offer performance beyond that of a 1.0GHz Pentium M - not bad for having a 2.4W TDP.
The pricing is admittedly higher than expected, at least for the chips with Hyper Threading (SMT) enabled. Given that the Atom processor is effectively targeting UMPCs and MIDs, the pricing structure makes sense but in order to get x86 everywhere Intel is going to need to offer higher performance at its lower price points.
As we've reported before, along with the Intel Atom brand comes the new Centrino Atom brand. The requirements are as follows: