The Ultra Mobile Centrino Platform

Alongside the Atom, Intel is also announcing a new category of the Centrino brand to be targeted at mobile devices. Quite logically, this will be called Intel Centrino Atom. This isn't a brand for normal notebook computers, this is a brand for mobile Internet devices (mids). While ultra portable notebooks and even low power desktops may chose to make use of Atom, they will not be branded as Centrino Atom.

The specific requirements for Centrino Atom are as follows:

Intel Atom (Silverthorne) CPU Poulsbo chipset, Wifi and/or 3G, and/or Wimax support (Intel or 3rd party). Must have battery powered screen size less than or equal to 6". Devices must be less than or equal to a 7.5" diagonal width with thicknesses being less than or equal to 1.02".

The fact that wireless networking support under Centrino Atom can be provided by a 3rd party is a huge (and very welcome) departure from the current Centrino requirements. Future versions of Centrino Atom will tighten up these requirements as well, but what we are seeing is certainly a good starting place for the types of devices that could benefit from the Centrino Atom brand.

The future of mobile compute looks very bright indeed, and now it has a name: Atom.



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  • Doormat - Monday, March 3, 2008 - link

    "The ultra mobile variants based on Silverthorne will also launch around the same time frame but at various clock frequencies of up to 1.8GHz with a 0.6W - 2.5W TDP."

    I thought the top Silverthorne was supposed to run at 2GHz? Is Intel slipping a bit?
  • cokbun - Monday, March 3, 2008 - link

    atom? thats like ultra lame.. and strange to pronounce ' intellatom ' how about nucleus or mono or hamburger, it sounds better. they have great cpus but can't name em properly. and what's '' 2 duo '' supposed to mean??
  • Griswold - Monday, March 3, 2008 - link

    It beats "Nucular", though.

    (if you didnt get it, watch more simpsons)
  • ucsdmike - Monday, March 3, 2008 - link

    Mota. Its what they were on when they thought of the name. Reply
  • iwodo - Monday, March 3, 2008 - link

    We need those Dual Core Version to be inside our NAS.
    Only then we will have an NAS that is capable to push 60+Mb /s and really usable as a storage device.
  • stmok - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - link

    There is going to be a dual-core version of Diamondville.

    It will be officially marketed as the Celeron 3xx.

    Intel is planning on a Q3 2008 release.

    It is for the affordable desktop market.
  • sheh - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - link

    A desktop computer for general use with a <10W (or even <5?) CPU sounds very promising. VIA's CPUs were an option, but too rare and probably more expensive (and less efficient).

    Add SSD, extra-integrated motherboard, and you have a small, passively cooled, <50W computer (sans monitor).
  • DigitalFreak - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - link

    Good name. Much better than Pentium or Centrino. It even fits in a way. Reply
  • Duwelon - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - link

    Yeah Intel rules at marketing thats for sure. Now if AMD would do half as good... do they even advertise on TV? Reply
  • Samus - Sunday, March 2, 2008 - link

    I like the name too. Very clever. Reply

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