Xbit says that it has seen proof that Chipzilla plans to create the ultra-low powered chips.
The chips will be used in micro-servers, but could also see the light of day in nettops or ultra-portable notebooks.
Apparently the quad-core Intel Atom processors will support ECC memory for servers along with other improvements.
The Atom chips will appear sometime in 2012 and will be part of a new family of Intel’s ultra low-voltage chips code-named Saltwell.
Intel promised in May that in 36 months it would release three major updates for its Atoms which have been getting a bit smelly after all the innovations coming from ARM.
We were told that the first would be code-named Saltwell and will be made using the 32nm process. If Xbit is right then this is the quad-core beasty. That means that the second is Silvermont and will be manufactured using 22nm/tri-gate fabrication. The third major improvement to Atom is code-named Airmont and will use the 14nm fabrication process.