The Intel Atom CPU may be the dominant chip in the netbook space right now. But the company is facing competition from VIA, ARM, and to some degree AMD. And now it looks like IBM wants in on the action. IBM and a group of partners is developing a 28 nanometer processor that could power netbooks and smartphones.
The tiny processor will be designed to use less power and provide better performance than today’s chips. IBM says it offers a 40 percent performance boost and 20 percent power reduction over 45 nanometer chips. The latest Intel Atom processors happen to be based on a 45 nanometer process.
The new chips could be available in the second half of 2010. IBM has already sent out technology evaluation kits to early access partners and other companies that could develop machines around the 28 nanometer chip.