Intel is at it again. They are going to copy another thing from AMD and make the Atom more accessible to both hardware vendors and consumers. They are planning to combine the graphics core, memory controller and the Atom core into one. That is just a splendid idea.
AMD has had the same feature with their Geode processor for a long time. Incidentally, the Geode processor is also AMD’s offering at the low-power and low-performance end of the spectrum. It is usually used in embedded applications. Technically, NS did most of the work as AMD bought the entire Geode line off them.
Regardless, it is nice to know that Intel is going to do something to get rid of the 945GC chip once and for all. It must know that there is no point in pairing up a 2W CPU with a 25W north-bridge chip. Marketing can glaze over this fact but the numbers will speak for themselves.
Here is me hoping that Intel will combine it with some decent graphics chip. Then, the platform would make for a very snazzy media machine – great on performance and low on power consumption. Man, with this kind of developments in the industry, I wonder if I’ll ever get my HTPC built!
I should really just stick to the Sempron + NVidia system and wait 3 years before upgrading it to some other platform.