Intel upgrades Atom processor

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Intel has introduced an upgraded line of Atom processors with integrated graphics built directly into the CPU.

The 1.66GHz "Pine Trail" processors - along with a companion NM10 chipset - are expected to power Intel's next-generation Atom netbook and desktop platforms.

Intel Atom Pine Trail Processor"One of the most significant features of the new platform is the integration of memory controller and graphics into the CPU, a first in the industry on x-86 chips," explained company spokesperson Anil Nanduri.

"That means two chips (CPU+chipset) instead of the previous three (CPU, chipset, I/O controller hub), a lower TDP, [along with] substantial reductions in cost, overall footprint and power."

Indeed, the new netbook N450 platform boasts a 60 percent reduced footprint, while entry level desktop Pine Trail PCs offer a 70 percent footprint reduction and 50 percent lower TDP.

Additional specs include:   ?

  • N450 notebook platform - Single core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 7-watt total kit TDP.?
  • D410 desktop platform - Single-core Atom processor designed for entry-level desktop PCs. The chip features 512k of L2 cache, along with a 12-watt total kit TDP.
  • ?D510 desktop platform - Dual-core Atom processor designed for entry-level desktop PCs. The chip offers a 1meg L2 cache and has a 15-watt total kit TDP.

Pine Trail pricing and availability will be announced in January as systems become available from a number of OEMs, including Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, MSI, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu.??

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