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[Engadget] Atom processor to cost Intel just $6 to $8?

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Ever since Intel compared the criticality of its (still) forthcoming Silverthorne (which now goes by Atom, if you couldn't guess) processor to the original Pentium last June, we've all wondered just how fantasmical our worlds would become when this thing finally dropped. Now, however, Tom's Hardware has discovered that the release may actually do more for Intel than we geeks. After consulting a source it believes to be quite credible, it found that the CPU -- which will likely sell for upwards of $30 at the low-end -- will cost Intel just "$6 to $8, including production, packaging and shipping." Without busting out the abacus, it's still fairly easy to see how profitable said chips could be if Intel can move these at even a snail's pace, but of course, we'd take the dollars and cents estimates with a grain of salt until they actually hit the market.
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http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/30/a...l-just-6-to-8/

I just want to know if it can even perform for the price.
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And they will sell it to us for 700 dollars...Ha, the funny part is WE BUY IT.
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Wow, I'll bet all the people who have "friends" at the manufacturing plant will get a lot of those for like... 10 dollars...
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think about this. this means cheaper chips for lower end rigs for normal people.

intel is trying to take back the low end normal computer users market from amd.
    
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Looks like these are for smaller portable devices for the most part.

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As Intel's smallest and lowest power processor², the Intel Atom processor will enable the industry to design new Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and affordable Internet-focused notebooks (netbooks) and desktops (nettops). This new processor also serves as the foundation for the all new Intel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technology, a collection of chips that enables amazing Internet experiences in pocketable devices.

Intel® Atom™ processorIntel® Centrino® Atom™ processor technologyNewly designed from the ground up, 45nm Intel Atom processors pack an astounding 47 million transistors on a single chip measuring less than 25mm², making them Intel's smallest and lowest power processors.¹ All this, and while still delivering the power and performance you need for full Internet capabilities.+

* Get a new range of power-efficient devices with excellent performance enabled by all new hafnium-infused 45nm high-k silicon technology
* Increase energy efficiency in smaller more compact designs with a thermal design power specification ranging from subwatt to 2.5 watts for mobile devices
* Extend battery life in select devices with an incredibly low idle power as low as 30 mW allowing the device to stay powered on while also conserving energy

Powering the next generation of Internet-centric devices, Intel Atom processors will power the latest in pocketable, portable devices. Based on an entirely new microarchitecture, the Intel Atom processor was developed specifically for performance and low power while maintaining full Intel® Core™ microarchitecture instruction set compatibility. Some Intel Atom processors will also feature multiple threads for better performance and increased system responsiveness.
http://www.intel.com/technology/atom/index.htm
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Don't hurt meso much actually even tough we would pay 50% more here. if they don't profit it, how will they then beable to research betterchips, this is only the cost forthechip and all, notthe reseach done for it...
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Nobody could use these for rigs, not designed for it.
I wish they hadn't called it the Atom. That name should be exclusively reserved for my dream car made by Ariel. (If you don't know about the Ariel Atom, then you should.)
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