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Intel Unveils Next-Gen Atom Pinetrail Chips

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You may have seen from our front page hardware features that there's a new Intel Atom CPU and platform in town.

The newest Intel Atom platform for netbooks consists of a new 45nm Atom N450, and a new low-power NM10 Express Chipset. For entry level desktop PCs, it consists of either the Atom D410 or the dual core D510, both also made on the 45nm process, also paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset.

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 x86 chips. That means two chips (CPU, chipset) instead of the previous three (CPU, chipset, I/O controller hub), a lower TDP, and substantial reductions in cost, overall footprint and power. Intel claims that this new platform features a 20 percent improvement in average power and a smaller package size over the previous Atom platform.

The N450 is a single core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 7 watt total kit TDP including chipset. The D410 for entry-level desktop PCs is a single-core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 12-watt total kit TDP including chipset, and the D510 for entry-level desktop PCs is a dual core Atom processor with 1MB L2 cache and a 15-watt total kit TDP including chipset. The new chips all run at 1.66GHz.

Intel Unveils Next-Gen Atom Chips

Check out our feature article from earlier today for the full low-down on the desktop Atom parts.

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    little-ninja-man , December 21, 2009 9:40 PM
    i have to ask why do so many people say can it play crysis because I find that GTA IV needs more power than crysis
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    matt87_50 , December 21, 2009 9:44 PM
    I would have expected 32nm at this stage, maybe then they could put a real GPU in it! are they coming soon? Am I the only one who would pay more for the most awesomeness for the smallest form factor/power usage? like an ultra portable rather than a cheap netbook.
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2009 10:01 PM
    About time! I've been waiting for this for 2 years already!
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2009 10:06 PM
    Hey, anyone noticed they said "in 1 chip"(they actually meant on die), instead of the memory controller on die, while the graphics core was on chip?

    In other words, the newer Atom processors will be close to a SOC that intel is trying to push for cellphones.!
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2009 10:07 PM
    Combine this with Larrafail, and Intel Corp. is really on a winning streak lately


    (or, they're back to selling very incremental "netburst-like" performance increases at high-dollar prices).


    I'll take a Sempron underclocked to 1ghz instead, please...
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    Shadow703793 , December 21, 2009 10:25 PM
    This would make for a nice NAS/File server.
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    sliem , December 22, 2009 12:07 AM
    weegee64but can it play crysis?


    Grow up.
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    volks1470 , December 22, 2009 12:34 AM
    little-ninja-mani have to ask why do so many people say can it play crysis because I find that GTA IV needs more power than crysis


    Not necessarily, GTA IV is incredibly CPU limited. Bottle-necks like crazy.
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    uh_no , December 22, 2009 2:27 AM
    32nm isn't necessarily ready yet
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    socrates047 , December 22, 2009 2:33 AM
    she talks funny.lol
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    matt87_50 , December 22, 2009 5:31 AM
    volks1470Not necessarily, GTA IV is incredibly CPU limited. Bottle-necks like crazy.


    really? surely an i7 would be able to handle it comfortably, otherwise its def shit coding.
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    Shadow703793 , December 22, 2009 12:32 PM
    matt87_50really? surely an i7 would be able to handle it comfortably, otherwise its def shit coding.

    You guy's haven't seen the benchs for ATMA2 have you?
    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,687620/ArmA-2-tested-Benchmarks-with-18-CPUs/Practice/
    Look at the first graph and look at the resolution and then the FPS for the i7 920 @3.5Ghz.
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2009 2:33 PM
    I laughed when she said "into *new* form factors" and showed an all in one design. Guess what Apple already has had for the last 5 years?
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2009 8:34 PM
    TriapseI laughed when she said "into *new* form factors" and showed an all in one design. Guess what Apple already has had for the last 5 years?

    Nothing!
    In fact,I don't even know if it has any at all laptop at 10" for under $1000!
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    amnotanoobie , December 25, 2009 3:15 PM
    I feel a bit underwhelmed by this, I was hoping for a bit longer battery life.

    So if we take their stated 20% improvement on say, a 6 hour netbook, the battery life increases by 1.2 hours. Since they also included the term "average power" you could probably expect a realistic hour or less improvement in the final product.