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Forget about 10 Watt processors; Intel's got plans for entire systems that fit in that thermal envelope

To quote Richard Feynman, "there's plenty of room at the bottom," and the microprocessor market is no exception. Although high performance is what captured Intel's attention for the past few years, the company is now aggressively targeting the low cost chip market, which holds immense potential and to this day remains largely uncultivated.

Intel’s most recent roadmap reveals more information about the company’s newest ultra-low cost, ultra-low voltage platform, Diamondville.

To set the record straight, Diamondville does not refer simply to low power CPUs, but in fact also refers to an entire platform. This is because Diamondville processors will come soldered directly onto specially designed boards.

According Intel partner roadmaps leaked to DailyTech, its Diamondville line of processors are based on a completely new architecture drawn up on a “blank sheet of paper.†Intel plans to release two versions of its Diamondville processors, one for desktops and the other for mobile platforms.

Intel’s first Diamondville chips are expected to be released towards the end of Q2’08. At this time, the company will launch the single-core Diamondville-SC 230, which is meant for desktop use, and the Diamondville-SC: 270, which is for use in mobile platforms. Both of these chips have very similar technical specifications, and will run at 1.60 GHz and feature 512KB cache.

Intel guidance suggests that the first dual-core Diamondville chips will launch under the Celeron 3xx SKU. These new chips are expected to be targeted for desktop use only and will make an appearance in Q3’08.

Diamondville processors have a mere 4W to 8W thermal envelope, and are heralded for fan-less design. Intel also boasts that a number of its “leading ODM†partners support Diamondville, so we can expect to see plenty of new products developed based on these chips.

The success of products such as ASUS’ Eee PC has proven to companies that there is plenty of opportunity in the low cost market. Despite only offering modest technical specifications, the Eee PC has proven to be somewhat of a hit in the United States and not only in emerging markets as was expected prior to its release. Processors like Diamondville will help add growth to the low cost PC market not only abroad, but also in the United States.

Already the major notebook designers have realized that the bottom of the chip market is just as important as the top.
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24pin placement sucks.
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Sexy...

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4 Wats? Can't a potatoe do 4 wats?
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4 Wats? Can't a potatoe do 4 wats?

I doubt it, but lemons and a couple pennies will
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Thats really cool!
I would love to have a laptop like that, sure, it wont be able to do anything incredible, but with a better power efficiently,i wont need to worry about putting my lappy in sleep mode between class notes!
(my hp lappy has a battery life of about an hour, which sucks for class)




lol, maybe i will buy a mac book
    
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*Pokes Via - demands some competitor to this.*

Very pleasing to see everybody hopping into the ultra low power game. AMD, VIA, and Intel are now all dogging it out, and competition is awesome for us. One area that has not seen too much advance at all is mobile battery life - partly because the batteries simply suck, and partly because the focus from the chipmakers has been on powerhouse first, power later.
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24pin placement sucks.
Does it matter? Besides, there's not many places you can fit a 24 pin on these motherboards. Most look like that.

What is EXTREMELY stupid is... that it needs a 4-pin AUX at all. Why do they need a dedicated 4-pin for a 10w CPU? The primary 24-pin can easily provide the needed .1A

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*Pokes Via - demands some competitor to this.*

Very pleasing to see everybody hopping into the ultra low power game. AMD, VIA, and Intel are now all dogging it out, and competition is awesome for us.
Via is already screwed in the mITX market. Intel's Little Valley or D201GLY2 is twice as powerful as the VIA CPU/mobo for 1/3 the price!!!!
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G to the G.

So 1337, it makes me skeet!
    
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*Pokes Via - demands some competitor to this.*

Very pleasing to see everybody hopping into the ultra low power game. AMD, VIA, and Intel are now all dogging it out, and competition is awesome for us. One area that has not seen too much advance at all is mobile battery life - partly because the batteries simply suck, and partly because the focus from the chipmakers has been on powerhouse first, power later.
Yeah, i Agree.
Sure, there are extended batteries you can buy, but there really expensive. (for me at lest)
So we need more battery manufacturers to make more competition? ;D
Then we get cheaper, longer lasting batteries! =D
(Maybe im just being silly. xD)
    
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