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Gallery: Intel's Atom and tiny devices to fit

At the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, CEO Paul Otellini shows off the new tiny Atom chip that packs power yet consumes one-tenth the energy as previous models.
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By Andy Smith, Contributor on
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Intel unveils its Atom processor (formerly known as Silverthorne) for MID or mobile Internet devices at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. Intel says the Atom chip and the Centrino Atom version use about 3 watts of power compared to 35-watt chips that are now found in notebooks.

"This is as important to Intel as the launch of the Pentium in the mid-1990s", Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said in a video played during an IDF keynote.

Here is the Atom processor with the Intel System Controller Hub. For more information read Larry Dignan's blog.

Photo credit: Intel

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The Atom processor initially comes in five variants ranging from 800MHz to 1.86GHz. Here is the Atom processor wafer.

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The Atom processor package.

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Here's the Atom wafer compared to the eye of a needle.

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Intel showed off several MID devices, bigger than a handheld but smaller than a notebook, lined up to use the Atom chips.

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ASUS device based on Atom Centrino.

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Mobile Internet device run by the Atom chip by BenQ.

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Concept by Clarion

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This concept by Compal is based on Intel's Centrino Atom processor.

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Another concept--this time by Electrobit.

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Lenovo's concept.

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LG concept based on Intel's Centrino Atom.

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The Panasonic Toughbook

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Toshiba concept for the Atom.

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