Intel's 32nm Atom chip - aka 'Medfield' - has popped up on the chip giant's roadmap with a 2010 release window. Current Atoms are fabbed at 45nm. Medfield will use the smaller transistor size to increase the level of on-die component integration, bring into the system-on-a-chip the I/O functionality currently relegated to the …
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By 2010 a comparable performance ARM will be 1/5th the power consumption and 1/10th the price of Intel's FrankenAtom.
Already you can get a module that has size and footprint of a single chip, with Flash & RAM chips as two extra chips sandwidched in package. CPU then doen't need RAM /Flash bus on bottom BGA.
Intel may get power consumption down a notch with 32nm, but they'll only have a few months head start before ARM licences are using the same process, then the x86 chips will compare just as badly as against today's highly integrated ARM SoCs.
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