Of course, the price was its downfall. Those first generation netbooks sold for $500+, which is even more in today's inflation adjusted dollars. The endless erosion of price killed profitability, and while Intel tried to open up markets for Atom smartphones to compete with qualcomm and samsung, they never made much progress. As I understand it, Cherry Trail will continue to be sold, and pentiums and celerons based on higher geared versions of the tech will be made, but newer Atom generations won't be pursued. RIP Atom. You saved me a lot money over the years.
Edit: HH's story is live: http://hothardware.com/n...-low-cost-tablet-markets
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I've used AMD on everything desktop I've had since 2002. On the mobile side where my own priorities rank battery life and cool and quiet operation very high, I go Intel, and frankly, that choice gotten easier and easier as time has passed. Mobile users who want a largish, louder budget gaming laptop can get a lot of value from AMD APUs, but A series APUs in laptops have never really been in competition with Atom either.
In the world after Zen, who knows? Maybe if AMD really has caught up and Zen is a particular versatile infrastructure, maybe they can gear down and take advantage of this opening. That would be surprising. I'm not aware of any other infrastructure that ranges from high end desktop to silent tablet without so much retooling that it isn't the same infrastructure, and I can't imagine AMD can really afford to pursue that space right now anyway. I think they may have little choice but to focus on retaining their iGPU budget gaming advantage and retaking some space for Core i.
I prefer Core M to Atom in an obvious kind of way - many of the same benefits but with a lot more power. But it's also more expensive. Atom brought certain premium luxuries (like silent x86 computing) to the masses.
That was the 1 and only Atom experience I ever had so not sad by it fading away.
Temps are the big concern right? Both the really high heat with that windows magnified solar heat as well as the big temperature changes affecting the metals across the entire board then getting hit with a/c and then the reverse in winter. Expanding and contracting over and over and wearing connections. I'm not sure how caps would respond. But I like technical details so if you're in the mood to share, it would be of interest.
Insulation and liquid cooling for ruggedization? I've never heard of that xD
Well, I guess their removal of it makes room for new work to be done!
There really wouldn't be a reason not too, unless they are working on buying a tech company like Qualcom.
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