Intel just announced the arrival of its latest baby, Intel Centrino Atom processor technology. It is a baby in the very sense: it is small, just born and shows all the promise of bright future for mobile computing. Here is why I am so excited about this new processor.Many of us use mobile computing to make life easy and more productive which involves keeping in touch, getting information, accessing your business applications and of course entertainment. Today a variety of single function devices are available, such as GPS navigation, media players, smart phones, web tablets, etc… But with the Internet now delivering the bulk of these experiences, the single function devices are challenged to provide a desirable Internet experience. To simplify this, the industry predicted and saw early attempts of device convergence. That’s where things get interesting. Can the industry deliver one device that can be the best navigation device, best entertainment device, best communication device and yet behave like a computer for productivity when required? A device that has the performance of a PC and the simplicity of the iPhone? That is the promise of Centrino Atom. But, for a device to behave different in different contexts, its not just the hardware. Software plays a critical part in delivering the functionality you want. Users demand rich experiences that need solid performance that is responsive and delivers amazing graphics. This requires a seamless dance between software and hardware. That is the promise of Centrino Atom. So, what would you do when you can get your hands on this device? Better yet, what do you think your ideal killer device should do for you? Can Intel’s Centrino Atom meet that challenge?
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