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Intel Debuts Dual-Core Atom Processor Line at MWC, Quad-Core By This Holiday Season

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There were rumors before MWC that the mobile processor market would be getting a little more competitive with the entrance of Intel’s dual-core Atom Z2420 processors. If the spec sheet on the Fonepad announced by ASUS this morning wasn’t good enough, Intel made things official. The Atom features a 32nm structure and can be found at speeds up to 2.0GHz, which isn’t bad for a dual-core chip. 

These chips come with built in multi-band LTE support and global roaming capabilities ready to go. This might mean that we see more Intel chips in the States instead of just in the RAZR i. Intel also made a point to mention that they would have a quad-core line ready to go by the holidays of this year.

Do you think Intel will be able to hang with Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Samsung?

Via: Intel

  • Dave

    I really wouldn’t say Nvidia is “hanging” with other manufacturers anymore.

  • Guest

    Still have massive dead spots in michigan. Especially in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne county, arguably some of the most populated counties in michgan

  • kuboo99

    But why use the “atom” name? It just makes one think of slow netbooks…

    • Trey Mitchell

      I think it’s a heavily revised version of that same architecture and is why It keeps that name but I agree with your sentiment.

  • Excited for Intel, but at the same time I don’t want them to become the dominant force in mobile processors. The strive to provide the best hardware(processors in this case) drives innovation from manufacturers.

    It’s similar to how disappointed I was with the iPhone 5 having no ground breaking tech to push Google, fortunately, Google is awesome and provides amazing software strides regardless. 🙂

    • Dylan Patel

      Intel competing is a great thing. The can bring the Atom down to 22 and 18nm structure way before ARM can and they will be able to be power efficient This will force Qualcomm to do even better in order to compete.

      • Drew

        14nm is the step after 22nm. For the record, most all the ARM manufacturers’ XXnm claims are fudged.

        • michael arazan

          With lte compatibility , which I’m sure vzw will pass on

  • TheWenger

    They’re bringing back the legacy menu button.

    • JetBlue

      It’s most likely just a render.

  • alexg

    They’re going to decimate Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Samsung with their quad-core chips.

    • Hayden7200

      Why do you say that? I don’t know much about processors so I’m just asking out of curiosity.

      • StDevious

        If anybody knows processors, it’s Intel. They are late to mobile processor game, but with their first try they proved that given enough time they are going to be a tough competitor. They had better battery life than comparable ARM designs. Now with time and process advantage (22nm), they are going to get better battery life and performance.

        • Hayden7200

          I agree, I’ve always been a fan of Intel chips. So maybe you guys can educate me a bit on mobile processors, if you don’t mind. When processors say they are 32nm, what does that mean and why is a smaller number better? And what is the difference between A-9 and A-15 processors?

    • Justin Winker

      My thoughts exactly… I’m excited to see what they have to offer this holiday season, and hope more manufacturers begin to use what they have to offer.