Atom successor Medfield announced for beginning of 2011
Medfield will supposedly be released no sooner than early 2011. Then the Atom successor will come as a SOC platform which is said to have the size of a credit card.
Intel's Atom successor with the code name Medfield was originally planned for 2010. Now it seems that the 32 nanometer Atoms will be available no sooner than 2011. As Intel recently announced at an analyst conference the Medfield is planned as a SOC solution (System on a chip) and is produced with 32 nanometer. The whole system with all functional units is said to have the size of a credit card. Wafer with Intel's Atom CPUs, the Medfield prime father, with 45 nm production.
As winfuture.de reports Intel supposedly decided on this procedure in order to serve not only netbooks and nettops but also address the smartphone market. Thus ARM and Intel become direct business competitors - ARM has been planning its entry into Intel's territory for several months now. Soon ARM processors will work in netbooks and nettops.