Details expected soon on Intel's $200 laptop and tablet chip architecture

Intel hopes to create an alternate market of low-cost PCs and tablets with Atom chips based on Silvermont

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

Intel also hopes to use its manufacturing advantage -- which is considered the most advanced in the industry -- to build smaller and faster Atom chips. The upcoming Atom chips based on Silvermont will be made using the 22-nanometer process, in which transistors will be stacked on top of each other. The 3D design, sometimes called FinFET, allows packing more transistors in a smaller space, which results in faster chips that are better at maximizing power efficiency.

The nanometer process refers to the underlying physics used in factories to create substrates on which chip features are etched. Current Intel Atom processors are made using the 32-nm process. Intel will start making 14-nm process later this year, and ultimately will release mobile chips code-named Airmont based with the manufacturing technology.

The first Silvermont chips will likely be used in servers. Starting in the second half, HP's Moonshot server will have Avoton chips in its low-power dense servers.

A company spokesperson declined to comment about further details on Silvermont or related chips.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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