Atom processors to affect both VIA and SiS

Amid the announcement of Intel's new low-power processors, Atom, and corresponding platform for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and Internet-centric computers, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers have revealed that Intel is planning to also introduce Atom processors along with supporting motherboards for the embedded market soon, a move which is likely to impact both VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS).

The new Atom processor will come in two versions, single-core and dual-core, and so Intel has codenamed their respective motherboards Little Falls and Little Falls 2, the sources revealed. Little Falls will hit the market in the second quarter, followed by Little Falls 2 in the third quarter. Both will be targeted at low-cost PCs, embedded systems and set-top boxes (STBs).

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