Intel's Atom Processor
Atom Block Diagram More here in Intel's ISSCC White Paper
Atom is an in-order processor capable of issuing 2 instructions per clock cycle and supports two threads. The processor also has 32K I-cache and 24KB D-cache (instruction and data L1 cache) and has independent floating point and integer execution units. In contrast, VIA's Isaiah is a three issue out of order architecture with 64K combined L1 cache. Again, we'll have to see how the architectures play out but without question Intel seems to have a power consumption edge, while VIA notably may have a few architectural advantages.
In 2008 the market is ripe for what Intel calls "nettops" or a new breed of internet-centric devices designed for ultra-portability and connectivity. The personal computing race is definitely heating up and it's seemingly getting more and more "personal" every day.
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