Posted by: tranquilpc | March 25, 2008

Next big step ?

silverthorne2 Tranquil announce they will be utilising the forthcoming Intel Atom CPU’s in products from Q2 2008.

What is Atom…..

45nm – ultra low power, 1.87GHz (soon to be DuoCore !)


Watch this space.

What is Atom ?

Intel Announces Intel® Atom™ Brand for New Family of Low-Power Processors

Intel’s Smallest Processor Built Using World’s Smallest Transistors Designed for New Internet Devices, Low-Cost PCs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2008 – The Intel® Atom™ processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation. The company also announced the Intel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technology brand for MID platforms, consisting of multiple chips that enable the best Internet experience in a pocketable device.The Intel Atom processor is based on an entirely new microarchitecture designed specifically for small devices and low power, while maintaining the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo instruction set compatibility consumers are accustomed to when using a standard PC and the Internet. The design also includes support for multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness. All of this on a chip that measures less than 25 mm², making it Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor yet.1 Up to 11 Intel Atom processor die — the tiny slivers of silicon packed with 47 million transistors each — would fit in an area the size of an American penny.

These new chips, previously codenamed Silverthorne and Diamondville, will be manufactured on Intel’s industry-leading 45nm process with hi-k metal gate technology. The chips have a thermal design power (TDP) specification in 0.6-2.5 watt range and scale to 1.8GHz speeds depending on customer need. By comparison, today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors have a TDP in the 35-watt range.


The new Intel ‘Atom CPU’ board has been promised to be delivered today, sadly it hasn’t turned up.  The labs are all ready to start working on the board as soon as it arrives.
We will be testing the board for Power Consumption, Benchmarking, Stability (under load) and specific Server / Desktop applications.

We hope to post some of our findings over the coming days.


After brief meeting with Intel, it looks like the product ranger may be extremely exciting over the next few months / years.  We hope that this brave step by Intel will encourage the innovation of low energy appliances, not just ‘netbooks’.  Tranquil PC have already got a substantial market share of low energy ’embedded’ appliances, and plan to adopt the forthcoming ‘Atom’ CPUs into many existing and new projects. Thanks Chrissie, for your valuable input today.  What does ‘Atom’ look like … (see below) – the N270 will be used in numerous new Tranquil PC products.




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