Intel redesigned one of its chips to cater to thin and light computing devices.
The new design for the Atom chip is called Silvermont and Intel has sent samples to customers, Executive Vice President Dadi Perlmutter said at a briefing today at the company’s Santa Clara, California, headquarters. Silvermont offers three times the performance and is as much as five times more power- efficient than its predecessor, he said.
The design will also be the basis of chips aimed at everything from smartphones to low-end servers, Perlmutter said. Intel, whose chips run 80 percent of the world’s PCs, has struggled to repeat that success in the mobile-device market.
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