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Intel Reveals New ''Canoe Lake'' Platform

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

Earlier today, Qualcomm announced the first of its dual-core Snapdragon CPUs. Not to be outdone, Intel announced it's own dual-core Atoms and details a new platform that will result in some super slim netbooks.

Earlier today, Qualcomm announced the first of its dual-core Snapdragon CPUs. Not to be outdone, Intel has details plans for the company's Atom line, which will see netbooks shrink to just half an inch thick.

There are plenty of 'the world's slimmest' laptops out there but Intel took things to a whole new level in Taiwan today. The company showed off it's new dual-core Atom processors and although it was fairly quiet about the speed of the new Pine Trail chips, word on the street is that they'll be comparable to the dual-core Atoms currently available for desktops.

While the Pine Trail N series is interesting, it's no where near as interesting as Canoe Lake, Intel's new platform that will cut the size of netbooks considerably. On hand to give us an idea of just how fabulous Canoe Lake will be once it's launched was a 14mm thick laptop. That's right, it's just a smidge over half an inch thick.

Canoe Lake uses thermal cooling for Pine Trail netbooks instead of the traditional fan method. The laptop on display is said to be just a reference model for other manufacturers so while it's likely we won't see anything this thin for a while, it'll be interesting to see what manufacturers do with this.  

We hear netbooks packing dual-core atoms will be available in time for the holidays and while it's not solid, Intel says it expects partners to be utilizing the Canoe Lake platform by then too.

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    sliem , June 1, 2010 9:47 PM
    Looks like accidental tennis ball hit will snap the hinges in half...
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    freename , June 1, 2010 10:17 PM
    Who comes up with these names? Canoe Lake?
    Lol
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    blasterth , June 1, 2010 10:02 PM
    Canoe Lake uses thermal cooling for Pine Trail netbooks instead of the traditional fan method

    Thermal cooling ?
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  • 16 Hide
    sliem , June 1, 2010 9:47 PM
    Looks like accidental tennis ball hit will snap the hinges in half...
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    Kelavarus , June 1, 2010 9:52 PM
    While it's a cool idea, it just doesn't seem that practical. Maybe use that extra width to make it comfortable, well ventilated, and strong? It really does look like a stray gust of wind will break the whole thing, never mind just the hinges, in half.
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    shamitoff , June 1, 2010 9:58 PM
    Dell already makes a 14mm thick laptop on the Z600 with a 1.6Ghz proc
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    blasterth , June 1, 2010 10:02 PM
    Canoe Lake uses thermal cooling for Pine Trail netbooks instead of the traditional fan method

    Thermal cooling ?
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    lonepasserby , June 1, 2010 10:06 PM
    I'd rather an Atom that can match the power of a dual-core Athlon II.
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    nforce4max , June 1, 2010 10:07 PM
    Ware I live it can get very windy and this looks to be to light but that isn't to bad if all one wants to do is surf the net or read ebooks while waiting for an appointment. Waiting 3 hours at the local DMV isn't fun at all.
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    kinggraves , June 1, 2010 10:17 PM
    Okay, but ports still have a certain size as well, so this thing would lack any sort of standard ports. Take that condensed space and use it to fit more inside of it, maybe a respectable graphics card.
    This is what I'd say netbook owners want most, a book that can play 1080p without a hiccup, not a book they can snap in half.
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    freename , June 1, 2010 10:17 PM
    Who comes up with these names? Canoe Lake?
    Lol
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    jimmysmitty , June 1, 2010 10:34 PM
    freenameWho comes up with these names? Canoe Lake?Lol


    They tend to be named after an area that they were developed in. Canoe Lake seems like an area in Oregon since thats where one of Intels biggest FABs is located.

    lonepasserbyI'd rather an Atom that can match the power of a dual-core Athlon II.


    Sure. But a dual core Athlon II can't match Atom in battery life. Atoms game is not pure performance. Thats Core. Atoms is ULV. And so far nothing matches Atom at its performance and power usage.

    I can see the applications of this for more than just Netbooks too. Being able to make something that thin would be q feat and probably work to produce very light and portable tablets that can be used in the science and medical field over a WiMAX network.

    Now if anything, this is also powered by Intels Moorestown based Atom and if so, didn't THG do a review of the CPU and they said it was capable of decoding dual 1080P HD streams?
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    kelemvor4 , June 1, 2010 10:51 PM
    They gonna have to change the placard to "World's second 14mm netbook". Intel's still playing catchup in ULV land by a wide margin.
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    aaron686 , June 1, 2010 11:03 PM
    That thing might disintegrate if I breathe too hard..
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    ta152h , June 1, 2010 11:06 PM
    jimmysmittyThey tend to be named after an area that they were developed in. Canoe Lake seems like an area in Oregon since thats where one of Intels biggest FABs is located.Sure. But a dual core Athlon II can't match Atom in battery life. Atoms game is not pure performance. Thats Core. Atoms is ULV. And so far nothing matches Atom at its performance and power usage.I can see the applications of this for more than just Netbooks too. Being able to make something that thin would be q feat and probably work to produce very light and portable tablets that can be used in the science and medical field over a WiMAX network.Now if anything, this is also powered by Intels Moorestown based Atom and if so, didn't THG do a review of the CPU and they said it was capable of decoding dual 1080P HD streams?


    That's not true, really. Core was not designed for pure performance, it was designed for performance/watt, and easily exceeds the Atom in that category.

    Atom was not designed for performance per watt. By those standards, it's a failure. Another very important component is that it had to be very cheap to make. The Core line did not have as stringent parameters in that department.

    So, the Core line offers much better performance per watt - that's what it was designed for. The Atom is low wattage and low cost, with performance being, at best, a tertiary consideration.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , June 1, 2010 11:09 PM
    Quote:
    Thermal cooling ?


    Im going to assume something along the lines of a peltier device maybe?, one of a low enough power rating would be able to work way more effectively than a fan if cooled properly
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    Nintendork , June 1, 2010 11:21 PM
    With AMD geneva CPU's battery life is on par with "netbooks".
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    Pyroflea , June 1, 2010 11:26 PM
    I'm sure they didn't intend for this specific model to be a practical system. It's more just to show off than anything, in my opinion.
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    tharkis842 , June 1, 2010 11:45 PM
    Wow! That's crazy. Hopefully they'll still manage decent battery life being so thin. I'd be affraid of breaking the screen off, personally.
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    siuol11 , June 2, 2010 12:27 AM
    And for the convenience, you will probably have to pay as much as it costs to get a basic CULV notebook with 5 times the power. Intel is their own worst enemy in the netbook market, they keep on pricing them above normal laptops. I sincerely hope this comes back to bite them in the ass real soon... Then maybe we can get back to the "affordable" part of the netbook scheme.
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    yannifb , June 2, 2010 1:23 AM
    This is cool but i really want info on bobcat! according to AMD it will have 90% of the mainstream cpu performance of today and can operate at
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 2:09 AM
    Can we finally get past netbooks? I want a laptop that doesn't suck at life...

    Intel fanboys will tout Nehalem's occasional 10-20% superiority in real-world benchies over AMD as a "vast lead", and yet will go buy an Atom CPU that's comparable to a Pentium III. This is not progress.
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    liquidsnake718 , June 2, 2010 2:12 AM
    I hope thermal cooling will be as efficient as being aided with a fan, even though copper is a good heat conduit, a fan needs to push out the residual hot air or it will just circulate within the thin laptop heating all the other components like the ssd, cpu, ram
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