Intel thought to be dropping Atom branding for Silvermont chips

first_imgThe budget end of Intel’s desktop processor range is covered by the Celeron and Pentium brands. But in recent years Atom branding has been used for the very low power chips you find inside netbooks and soldered on to cheap mini-ITX boards. We’re about to hit a new generation of low-power Intel processors though, and it looks as though the Atom brand may disappear.Atom chips get a mixed reaction from the consumer. On the one hand they offer a cheap, low power solution for small screen netbooks and inside nettops. But they also aren’t exactly fast, with most variants running single or dual cores at 1.6, 1.8, or 2GHz. They will run most things, bit don’t run anything great.So it looks as though Intel has decided not to use Atom as a brand for the new Silvermont processors. That decision is not just because of Atom’s historical reputation, but also because Silvermont chips are genuinely fast and therefore deserve to carry the Celeron and Pentium brands instead.Indeed, Intel is promising that the 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture will offer 3x the performance of the latest Atom processors while using 5x less power. If they deliver on that, you can see why the Atom name may be dropped.Intel has yet to confirm this of course, but we should expect to see laptops, all-in-ones, and convertible laptops/tablets running Windows 8 with Silvermont Celeron and Pentium chips inside later this year. Silvermont parts will also be used for Windows and Android tablets, but won’t use the same chip branding.last_img read more

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Air Vanuatu Adds New Service to Melbourne

first_imgVanuatu’s national airline Air Vanuatu will launch a new non-stop service on Tuesday 18 June 2019, flying three times per week between Port Vila and Melbourne.Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said he was pleased to welcome Air Vanuatu to Melbourne, giving travelers easy access to a new holiday destination.“We are delighted to welcome back Air Vanuatu to the Melbourne Airport family.  This new direct service adds the exciting destination of Port Vila, Vanuatu, to our schedule allowing Melburnians to explore the capital city’s colorful mix of shops, restaurants, markets and beaches,” said Mr. Gandy.“Port Vila is also a hub for Air Vanuatu, which gives travelers the ability to fly to 28 destinations on the airline’s extensive domestic network.“We know the South Pacific islands are popular with our travelers, so it’s great to introduce this non-stop flight on a full-service carrier, making the journey easier for people in both Melbourne and Port Vila.“The route also creates another entry point into Fiji and Noumea via Vanuatu, another win for holidaymakers.”Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Managing Director and CEO, said he is thrilled to be launching the only direct service between Melbourne and Vanuatu.“The launch of this new route will be particularly exciting for people living in Melbourne who have already discovered the wonders of Vanuatu and can’t wait to go back. They can travel non-stop, on conveniently timed flights, giving them more time in our island paradise,” said Mr. Nice.“Subject to regulatory and government approval, we are also pleased to add code-sharing with Qantas on the new service,” he concluded.The post Air Vanuatu Adds New Service to Melbourne appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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