BMW to use Intel Atom-chips

News | January 22nd, 2010 by 1
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Moving away from the usual automotive news and we are bringing you something more tech related. Yes, we know, some of you live and breathe …

Moving away from the usual automotive news and we are bringing you something more tech related. Yes, we know, some of you live and breathe technology, so we have no doubt you’ll find this interesting.

In a year where Intel failed to secure the chips for the upcoming Apple table and new iPhone, the company did manage to secure a deal with BMW and its competitor, Mercedes-Benz.

According to Reuters, German carmakers BMW and Mercedes will be using Intel’s microprocessor chips in information and entertainment systems in their automobiles from 2012. Back in 2008, we announced that new telematics framework and a technology-neutral telematics protocol to deliver over-the-air services in their vehicles, named NGTP, will make their way into the 2012 BMW 3 Series.

BMW to use Intel Atom chips

Intel Atom is the brand name for a line of ultra-low-voltage x86 and x86-64 CPUs (or microprocessors) from Intel, designed in 45 nm and used mainly in netbooks and Mobile Internet devices. On December 21, 2009 Intel announced the next generation of Atom processors, including the N450, with total kit power consumption down 40%.

With a low power consumption, these chips are exactly what a car company needs in their cars and we find it funny that just a year ago, yours truly predicted that Intel and BMW should and will join forces.

[Source: Reuters ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/stjepan.sandor Stjepan Šandor

    Always good to see BMW adopting new technologies – the company was the first to offer an iPod interface back in 2004 and full iPhone connection in 2008.

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