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Intel's Atom Headed Well Beyond Netbooks

Mobile is where it's at. From smartphones to tablet computers and connected gadgets, developers and manufacturers continue to gear up to put more capabilities in the palm of your hand.

As HardwareCentral reports, Intel sees new opportunities for its Atom mobile processor which already drives the majority of netbooks on the market. Now the chip giant is partnering with a large mobile provider to get a version of the Atom processor into several new classes of devices.

Intel seized the opportunity this week at its Intel Developer Forum in China to make a number of embedded and Atom-related unveilings, starting with a partnership with China Mobile and a new system-on-a-chip (SoC).

The new SoC, codenamed "Tunnel Creek," is an Atom processor based on Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) upcoming Moorestown Atom processor and will be targeted at embedded devices such as home media, handheld devices and in-car systems. Tunnel Creek incorporates a memory controller, graphics core and a PCI-Express bus to communicate with external devices and marks the first time that Intel has supported PCI-E with one of its Atom SoC chips.

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or Intel Debuts Atom SoC Aimed at Many Devices