“I Will Be Back” quoth The Atom

August 16, 2016 | 00:00
“I Will Be Back” quoth The Atom
“I Will Be Back” quoth The Atom
Alas ye “Retronics” fans, it’s not the return of the fantastic Acorn Atom that taught you to program properly on a 6502 in the early 1980s and publish about it in black and white in Elektor! It’s…. Intel’s Atom, which started off life as a processor for netbooks around 2007-10, and then was re-purposed for tablets and phones. After a rather unsuccessful time and causing Intel a niggling $4 billion loss per year, that very Atom is now back with a design optimized for drones, IoT, VR headsets, cameras and autonomous cars.

Intel says the new Atom will work with its RealSense ZR300 depth-sensing camera, suggesting VR and augmented reality applications. They will use Intel’s Gen 9 graphics.

Elektor on a number of occasions attempted to team up with Intel to bring the original Atom to the DIY audience with projects and a global competition, sadly to no avail. We’ll see if the new Atom stands a fighting chance with all that ARM competition around.  
 
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