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Intel is currently developing a new Atom chip architecture

Codenamed “Silvermont”, the new chips supposedly go beyond 3D transistors and will start shipping in 2013

Reportedly, industry sources have told CNET that Intel is currently working on a new Atom “micro-architecture”. It will apparently top the recently announced 3D transistor technology, which is expected to be used in the manufacturer’s upcoming “Ivy Bridge” chips. “3D” is actually a term employed to indicate that we will not see a flat 2D gate as part of the architecture, but reportedly a three-dimensional one (called Tri-Gate) that would tower above the silicon substrate.

Since 2008, when the Atom was first introduced, there has not been a major change in the architecture, so we are excited to find out what the new ones will be like. Presumably, a combination of the Silvermont and the aforementioned Tri-Gate technology should set some baseline standards when it comes to integration, performance and power usage.

According to CNET, the new Atom will reportedly demonstrate the same system-on-a-chip composition that we are already used to see and will be based on a 22nm technology. Industry sources familiar with Intel’s plans have also told CNET that Silvermont will hit the market in at some point in 2013.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-05-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)