PC Advisor: Intel is working on new x86 chips to use in devices ranging from consumer electronics to mobile phones.
The chipmaker is developing more than 15 system-on-chips based on the x86 core found in Intel’s Atom chip, which can be found in mobile internet devices and low-cost laptops such as Asus’s Eee PC.
By using the Atom core, the company is trying to increase performance and drop power consumption on the new chips, said Gadi Singer, vice president of Intel’s mobility group, at a press event in San Francisco.
Information and entertainment centres in cars, for example, will be much richer and demand higher-bandwidth connections to the internet, so chips need to deliver better performance-per-watt, Singer said.
Intel has already said it is working on an Atom successor codenamed Moorestown, due for release in 2009-2010 timeframe. The platform includes an SOC code-named Lincroft, based on a 45-nanometre Atom core.
The company also has chips based on the Atom core under development for set-top boxes, including Canmore, which will be released later this year, and Sodaville, due for launch next year.