Intel is changing the branding on its low-power Atom processors. While Intel will continue to use the Atom name for chips aimed at a broad range of devices including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, it should be a little simpler to figure out what kind of performance to expect from a chip by glancing at its name.
Meet the Intel Atom x3, x5, and x7 processor families.
Basically Intel is taking the same approach with its upcoming Atom chips that the company has been using for its higher-performance Core series chips for years. The new chips are named according to a “good/better/best” scheme much the way Intel’s Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors already are.
Atom x3 chips are basic processors aimed at smartphones and entry-level tablets. Atom x5 processors will offer better performance. And x7 chips will be the highest-performance chips in the Atom family… although Intel will continue to offer Core M processors which bridge the gap between Atom and Core i3 chips by offering a low-power, higher-performance (and higher cost) solution.
The new naming scheme will likely roll out with Intel’s next-gen “Cherry Trail” processors which are set to launch later this year.
It’s interesting that Intel makes no mention of Celeron or Pentium processors. Right now the chip maker offers Celeron and Pentium chips that are based on the same low-power architecture as its Atom “Bay Trail” processors as well as Celeron and Pentium chips that use the same technology as its higher-performance Core “Haswell” and “Broadwell” processors.
via UMPC Portal