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Report: Atom N470 1.83 GHz Due Early 2010

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All new Atoms coming soon to a netbook near you.

We've been hearing (and waiting) for a big update to Intel's Atom platform. While Nvidia's Ion does give the Atom a completely different character, Intel is still the one who will decide the direction of the next-generation of netbooks and nettops.

There's been a lot of talk of the upcoming Pineview Atom processor, which integrates graphics and memory controller and combines with a southbridge to form the Pine Trail platform.

As long as Intel isn't delayed in delivering Pine Trail, we should be seeing the first of the new generation this year.

Current Atom chips found in most machines run at around 1.6 GHz, which will likely be the same clock frequency for the Pineview Atom N450 whenever it launches. The new platform will get its performance increase from the updated and integrated architecture, which will also realize power savings.

According to French site blogeee.net, Intel will next year roll out the Atom N470, which cranks the clock speed up to 1.83 GHz. The report says that the Atom N470 will have thermal design power of 6.5 W, which is a bit more than the 2.5 W for the N270, but should see an overall savings as it does away with the separate memory controller and graphics chip.

Hopefully we'll be seeing Pine Trail soon, and even faster parts by CES in January 2010.

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    r0x0r , September 9, 2009 3:07 PM
    Before you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.
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    thackstonns , September 9, 2009 3:17 PM
    r0x0rBefore you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.

    Crysis, I would be happy for 720p playback
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  • 18 Hide
    r0x0r , September 9, 2009 3:07 PM
    Before you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.
  • 13 Hide
    thackstonns , September 9, 2009 3:17 PM
    r0x0rBefore you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.

    Crysis, I would be happy for 720p playback
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    burnley14 , September 9, 2009 4:00 PM
    This should be perfect timing, right around the time I anticipate my current Pentium M notebook will bite the dust :) 
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    Major7up , September 9, 2009 4:17 PM
    Does this mean we will also be seeing a new generation of Ions too? I hope?
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    Nintendork , September 9, 2009 4:32 PM
    A similar priced Athlon X2 Neo with 780G can play Crysis. That bad are intel "slowbooks"
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    jellico , September 9, 2009 4:36 PM
    It's always interesting to see which direction emerging computer technology takes. I remember, only a few short years ago, it was believed we would all be wearing computers by now. I still remember the commercial with the guy sitting out in front of a fountain at some non-descript city plaza, yelling "buy it, buy it!" into his headset before answering a call from his wife. Then again, who knows? Smaller footprint, low-power consumption computer technology may revitalize those dreams for some people. :) 
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    gwolfman , September 9, 2009 4:58 PM
    Quote:
    The report says that the Atom N470 will have thermal design power of 6.5 W, which is a bit more than the 2.5 W for the N270, but should see an overall savings as it does away with the separate memory controller and graphics chip.

    Considering it's replacing the 945 chipset/MCH, it can only get better.
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    IzzyCraft , September 9, 2009 5:12 PM
    NintendorkA similar priced Athlon X2 Neo with 780G can play Crysis. That bad are intel "slowbooks"

    But it's no were near the power saving mainly from the 780G graphics
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    dtemple , September 9, 2009 5:21 PM
    And it'll still be slower than a 1GHz Celeron.
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    radium69 , September 9, 2009 5:57 PM
    And my EEEPC does 1.9 ghz anyway :S with a n270...
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    virtualban , September 9, 2009 5:58 PM
    I wish they concentrate more on the general purpose web reader and office writer than entertainment.
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    hellwig , September 9, 2009 6:15 PM
    I thought they already had a 1.8GHz Atom processor, buts its like twice as expensive as the 1.6GHz Atom, so no one uses it. Of course, one thing these articles always assume is that everyone knows the differences between Pineview, Diamondville, and Silverthorne. I had to look it up on wikipedia to figure out the existing 1.8GHz Atom is an MID/UMPC version and not a nettop or netbook version, apparently theres a difference?
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2009 6:35 PM
    seriously, what can play crysis?!!!
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2009 7:16 PM
    Intel are boneheads for even using x86 for this. Larrabee is essentially trying to make a stream processor out of x86 Atom cores, which they can squeeze perhaps 20 or 30 cores, without enough on-chip cache to feed them. ATI and Nvidia get HUNDREDS of "cores" on the same silicon, if AMD took the same amount of silicon as Atom, and squeezed perhaps 10 stream processors on it and compiled Linux to run on it, it would blow Atom away in performance. However, stream processors and GPUs are not Intel's area of expertise, so they try to force themselves into the market and make you use things they know how to make.
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    ta152h , September 9, 2009 7:29 PM
    No offense Str3, but you're way off on this.

    From what I read, the Larrabee isn't anything like the Atom. It's a real x86 processor that executes x86 instructions, not decodes them and executes another type of code. I'm not crazy about moving x86 further out; it's a bad instruction set that needed to die years ago. Intel tried, but the marketplace choice x86 over Itanium, at least for the mainstream.

    Atom pretty much had to be x86, or no one would care. It needs to be able to run standard code. I don't know why you think they should have used something else, but clearly you're ignoring the importance of compatibility to market success. And it has attained very strong market acceptance. The main error is the damn supporting chipset. It sucks too much.
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    intelpatriot , September 9, 2009 7:30 PM
    ARM are doomed like all socialised european companies
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2009 8:34 PM
    ARM is making more profit than ever!
    They never where a desktop chipset, and neither today.
    They mainly are present in your pocket! About every person on the planet has ARM in their pockets, or at least seen it in the form of a cellphone, tamagotchi, Gameboy, etc...
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 9, 2009 8:56 PM
    NintendorkA similar priced Athlon X2 Neo with 780G can play Crysis. That bad are intel "slowbooks"


    Similar priced? I either haven't seen what you have or you think netbooks are more than 350. Last time I saw the yukon platform it was a $600 laptop but with the specs more or less of a netbook. I wish AMD would actually compete in the actual netbook range, instead of this "super-portable" segment that I would never buy.
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2009 11:10 PM
    ta152: Larrabee is just a bunch of Atom cores on one die, with a similar interconnect to a stream processor, look it up. They're both x86, Larrabee is just the extreme multi-core version of Atom. The architecture is pretty much identical.
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    justiceguy216 , September 9, 2009 11:49 PM
    str3_no_comma_reallyta152: Larrabee is just a bunch of Atom cores on one die, with a similar interconnect to a stream processor, look it up. They're both x86, Larrabee is just the extreme multi-core version of Atom. The architecture is pretty much identical.


    I looked it up a little...according to Wikipedia it's more like Atom than Pentium, but there are still differences. From what I gather Larrabee's real brags are as a GPGPU rather than just graphics :\. I never rarely bother reading the really in-depth ground level tech specs like how each core uses and shares its cache or access RAM... they could use paper clips and hot-glue for all I care, as long as they perform well in real-world apps and have good support I'm happy with them.
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