"I've been predicting that the x86 was going to
disappear for a while, but it never occured to me that the economy
was going to be the driving force behind it.
"I think it is probably safe to say that the next generation of
the Atom chipset, Diamondville, is almost about about as far as the
x86 architecture can progress in terms of its ability to conserve
wattage and also provide the same balance in CPU horsepower needed
for a MID or a general purpose mobile computing device. Right now,
for your typical netbook, the total Atom power consumption of CPU +
support chips is around 11.8 watts, with the CPU itself consuming
about 5 watts. Diamondville's support chipset will consume about
2.5 watts, bringing the total to around 5.5 to 7.5 with CPU
depending on whether you use a single core or a dual core Atom
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