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.
"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.
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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.??