Intel has started shipping its next-generation low-power Atom processor to manufacturers.
The Atom processors, formerly codenamed 'Cedar Trail' are based on Intel's Medfield 32nm process technology and are designed to go into netbooks along with specialised healthcare hardware, Intel announced on Wednesday.
"Systems based on the new Intel Atom processors may have up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby, allowing for all-day use between charges," Intel said in a statement. "Additionally, Intel increased processor and overall system performance while reducing power consumption up to 20 percent compared to the previous platform."
The new chips consume much less power than typical chips from the microprocessor giant — the dual-core N2600 processor has a thermal design power of 3.5W, putting it on a level with competing chips from Cambridge-based ARM. Intel's Core i5 processors for desktops and laptops consume around 35W.
Systems based around the new processors from companies like Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba should arrive in early 2012, Intel said.
The chips support HDMI and DisplayPort and can play 1080p HD videos and Blu-Ray. Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 technology and a memory controller have been integrated at a chip level.
Computers that use the chip will boot-up quicker and automatically update things like email, Twitter and RSS due to Intel Smart Connect and Intel Rapid Start technologies, the company said.