In 2009, Apple CEO Tim Cook memorably trashed Atom-based netbooks for being “junky” hardware that underperformed. Intel’s Atom chips have come a long way since, with the latest generation code-named Broxton boasting the most impressive improvements.
The new Atom T5500 and 5700 chips have features found in low-end PC processors, but the chips are instead targeted at robots, drones, wearables, and smart home devices.
A standout feature is 4K decoding and encoding capabilities, which could allow the chips to be used in virtual reality and augmented reality headsets.
Intel showed smart glasses, a bartending robot, and a smart motorcycle helmet with the Broxton chips at the Intel Developer Forum this week. Intel also said the chips could be used be in storage or media servers.
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