CNET reports Intel is planning to accelerate the development of the Atom processor:
The Atom chip is used most prominently in Netbooks, and its hallmark has been power efficiency--not speed. But Intel will put more focus on speed, according to Sean Maloney, an Intel executive vice president.
"We'll spin Atom more frequently. Do more like a tick-tock on Atom. Make it faster, faster, faster," said Maloney in an interview at Intel Developer Forum last week.
The tick-tock Maloney refers to is Intel's strategy for its mainstream processors: one year--the tick--Intel delivers new manufacturing process technology; the next year--the tock--it delivers a new processor microarchitecture.