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.