Intel intros Atom low-power microprocessors, aimed at ultra-mobile devices


Intel has chosen the name “Atom” for its new line of low-power microprocessors, specifically designed for use in mobile devices, UMPCs and some desktop PCs.

Intel wants to cash in on the increasing popularity of mobile devices, with the idea of a $250 Internet-connected pocket device that they’ve called the “netbook”.

The Atom processor is less than 25 square millimetres, based on 45 nanometre technology. They were previously code-named Silverthorne and Diamondville.