As with their counterparts in elementary particles, Quark is smaller than Atom. The Quark processor is said to be a fifth of the size of Atom and draw a tenth of the power.
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Quark is not a replacement for Atom, as it is not as powerful a processor. It is intended for competition with ARM’s Cortex M RISK-based processors, which are already found in wearable computing like Google Glass and Recon Jet and many mobile phones.
Specifications for the first version, Quark SoC x1000:
- Built in security software support through McAfee.
- 400mhz speed.
- DDR3 support.
- PCI Express (PCIe).
- Support for USB, UART, SPI, I2C and JTAG connections.
- 32 nanometer photolithographic fabrication process.
Intel unveils Quark: