They've taken a crappy, underpowered chip that was trimmed to the bone to try and make something that competes with Arm, and are hacking on extras to make it sound more like a Xeon.
So it's like taking Pentium 3 and hacking on extras from Pentium 4 (the actual innovations around the core, not the GHz race) to make Pentium M, then putting several of these on a single die to make the Core series? Not a bad idea.
Or could this be Intel's trick, that they've taken a Core 2 Mobile CPU, scraped off the Penryn label, reprinted it as Atom++, and are shipping those?
I think this already happened a while ago, in a way. For instance, the original Atoms didn't have out-of-order execution, but the later ones do: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... It looks a bit like the Pentium brand that lives on as the low end of Cores.
BTW, I have one of the earlier in-order Atoms running happily in a server-ish machine where GPUs do all the heavy lifting. It's perfect for the job, and I guess more Atom cores would be great for a lot of server tasks, at least given enough I/O. Ideally, something like ARM or MIPS would probably be even better, but good luck finding (a) a suitable mobo with all the PCIe slots and (b) AMD/Nvidia binary drivers.