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Forget about 10 Watt processors; Intel's got plans for entire systems that fit in that thermal envelope

To quote Richard Feynman, "there's plenty of room at the bottom," and the microprocessor market is no exception. Although high performance is what captured Intel's attention for the past few years, the company is now aggressively targeting the low cost chip market, which holds immense potential and to this day remains largely uncultivated.

Intel’s most recent roadmap reveals more information about the company’s newest ultra-low cost, ultra-low voltage platform, Diamondville.

To set the record straight, Diamondville does not refer simply to low power CPUs, but in fact also refers to an entire platform. This is because Diamondville processors will come soldered directly onto specially designed boards.
According Intel partner roadmaps leaked to DailyTech, its Diamondville line of processors are based on a completely new architecture drawn up on a “blank sheet of paper.” Intel plans to release two versions of its Diamondville processors, one for desktops and the other for mobile platforms.

Intel’s first Diamondville chips are expected to be released towards the end of Q2’08. At this time, the company will launch the single-core Diamondville-SC 230, which is meant for desktop use, and the Diamondville-SC: 270, which is for use in mobile platforms. Both of these chips have very similar technical specifications, and will run at 1.60 GHz and feature 512KB cache.

Intel guidance suggests that the first dual-core Diamondville chips will launch under the Celeron 3xx SKU. These new chips are expected to be targeted for desktop use only and will make an appearance in Q3’08.

Diamondville processors have a mere 4W to 8W thermal envelope, and are heralded for fan-less design. Intel also boasts that a number of its “leading ODM” partners support Diamondville, so we can expect to see plenty of new products developed based on these chips.

The success of products such as ASUS’ Eee PC has proven to companies that there is plenty of opportunity in the low cost market. Despite only offering modest technical specifications, the Eee PC has proven to be somewhat of a hit in the United States and not only in emerging markets as was expected prior to its release. Processors like Diamondville will help add growth to the low cost PC market not only abroad, but also in the United States.

Already the major notebook designers have realized that the bottom of the chip market is just as important as the top.

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RE: Just in time
By SlipDizzy on 2/27/2008 4:17:48 PM , Rating: 1
So you want to build a "gaming rig" that is based on a "ultra-low cost, ultra-low voltage platform" that runs at 1.6ghz on a single core and has 512kb of cache?

Did you buy that copy of Crysis as a joke or do you plan on using it as an expensive coaster?

RE: Just in time
By rudolphna on 2/27/2008 4:28:44 PM , Rating: 2
completely. I cant run crysis decently on my 3Ghz Pentium 4 PC....That draws 84 watts for the processor ALONE. All together the whole thing draws just under 300 watts at the outlet. (good thing cuz my psu is only 305 lol) Its not going to happen. If you notice, there is only a single PCI slot, which will not handle any decent graphics card. This is meant for people who do web browsing, have a very low budget, and dont want to have a high electric bill. combined with a 3.5" Hdd that whole system will probably draw no more than 50 watts of power. Thats the kind of computer my grandparents would like, All they need to do is check email, do bills, and browse the internet. In addition to Bejewled, which runs fine on her AMD K6 300mhz. So yes, there is a market for these.

RE: Just in time
By matriarch wolf on 2/27/2008 4:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure it will gain acceptance and wide use, especially for companies wanting to cut electrical costs over a large number of systems. I just look at this as more evidence that intel is not going to let AMD garner any part of the market. That's actually smart on their part as AMD would slowly but surely turn any market it's the majority player in into something very big for themselves. At this point though, it looks like more rain clouds are parking over AMD, and that's sad, cause I prefer AMD. :-)

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