In its Atom family, Intel will begin shipping a new chip later this year code-named Avoton, based on a new chip core known as Silvermont. Compared with the current Atom core, Avoton will offer "a 3x improvement in power at the same performance level, or a 5x increase in performance at the same power," according to Bryant.
"Also with Avoton, we're adding Ethernet functions and accelerators for various workloads," she said.
Avoton will be manufactured using a 22-nanometer process. It will be followed next year by Denverton, a similar chip but manufactured on a 14-nanometer process. The numbers refer to the dimensions of circuits printed on the chips, and smaller numbers generally mean faster, lower-power transistors.
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