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[wlug] Intel’s Atom Chips Circling The Plughole

 
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Lawrence D'Oliveiro ldo@g...
Sat Apr 30 22:08:56 NZST 2016


The next, “Broxton”, generation of Intel’s Atom chips have been
cancelled, along with future SoCs incorporating Atom cores
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/30/intel_atoms_cancelled/>.

I can remember when the first generation of Atom chips were announced,
back in 2008 or so with the debut of “netbooks”--remember them? (/me
glances at an old Asus Eee 701 sitting within arm’s reach.) Intel
claimed it was two years ahead of ARM at that point, and able to offer
the “full Internet experience” (which was code for “can run Flash
videos”). That “two years ahead” claim went quiet after a few months...

I wondered--still wonder--why Intel doesn’t just make ARM chips. It’s
got to be more profitable than the billions it has wasted on developing
Atom processors that nobody seems to want.


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