Intel Atom

qrazi qrazi.sivlingworkz at
Thu Aug 14 09:49:31 CEST 2008

The test referred to are with the nettop version of the Atom, the Atom N230.
That CPU is paired with a standard 945GC chipset, which consumes between 15
and 20 Watt. Hence the high power draws in those reviews.

Intel also has the Z series, which include speedstep for even lower
powerconsumption for the CPU itself, but they are also to be used with the
Intel US15 mobile chipset. For a 1.6 GHz Z530 Atom, with the US15 chipset, a
maximum draw of 5 Watt is reported. That is way lower then the combination
that PC Perspective has tested.

Although probably still not low enough for use in a phone. That however
might come in future generations, since Intels plans are to include more, if
not all, of the chipset functions into the cpu itself.

Shawn Rutledge wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Brad Midgley <bmidgley at> wrote:
>> I've heard the support chips for atom have not been optimized for
>> saving power yet, so it may be another generation before atom +
>> chipset + solid state drive will be within any kind of reasonable
>> power budget for a handheld.
> Yeah no kidding...
> See how the "entire system" power is 60 watts max, and doesn't vary
> much with the load?  and here:
> funny how the chipset has a big heatsink with a fan, while the
> processor has a small heatsink and no fan.  :-)  At least they are
> competing favorably with VIA for the mini-ITX boards though.
>> If they haven't already, they also need to engineer an instant wakeup
>> (acpi suspend/resume is abysmal)
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