The Intel Atom is the brand used for Intel’s line of microprocessors, previously code named Silverthorne and Diamondville, designed with small, portable computing devices in mind. It is the smallest and most energy efficient processor produced thus far by Intel.
Anand Chandrasekher, Senior VP of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group at Intel talks about the smallest element of computing
The 'Atoms' processors pack an astounding 47 million transistors on a single chip measuring less than 26mm²
The Atom is simply designed to put computing power in your pocket. In an age where people are on the move, and the internet is a growing part of everyday life, putting the two together is hard.
Yes, we’ve had some efforts with smartphones such as the iPhone 3G which deliver mobile broadband, but the most practical solutions have been in the form of netbooks or mini laptops. In almost all current production netbooks, the Atom is the processor of choice.
"This is our smallest processor built with the world's smallest transistors. The Intel® Atom™ processor is based on an entirely new design, built for low power and designed specifically for a new wave of Mobile Internet Devices and simple, low-cost PC's. This small wonder is a fundamental new shift in design, small yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience on these new devices. We believe it will unleash new innovation across the industry."
Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney.
Mooly Eden, Intel's VP of Mobile Platforms Group, talks about how the 'Atom' was designed from the ground up, based upon previous processing experience
The Intel Atom is also the processor for the latest version of Intel's
, part of the 'Intel Education Initiative' and 'Intel World Program' - something Intel invests $100 million per year in. The Classmate PC is a commercial competitor to the XO laptop, made by the non-profit
'One Laptop Per Child Foundation'.