We've been looking at netbooks and nettops based off of the Intel Atom N270 et al for a very long time, but soon there will be new chips to replace the old.
X-bit labs claims to have information pointing to a December 21 announcement for devices that will launch January 4, just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show.
The report goes on to state that Intel is planning for a quick transition from the old chips over to the new platform, which will feature faster performance and an integrated graphics core.
While much of this is still floating around in speculation space, the new parts are expected to line up as follows:
- - Intel Atom N450: single-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66 GHz, 512KB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $63 price-point;
- - Intel Atom D510: dual-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66 GHz, 1MB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $63 price-point;
- - Intel Atom D410: single-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66 GHz, 512KB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $43 price-point;
The D410 and N450 look identical minus price. Is there a typo in there?
The price is a bit higher than the Atom, but hopefully will reduce the overall cost of a netbook!
If netbooks like the EeePc901,and MSI Wind can be gotten for under $300 that would be awesome!
I also hope their battery life will make a huge difference!
The fact that they're introducing Hyper-Threading into the smaller chips will give them a stronger hand (not that they need it) in the netbook market.
The fact that they also give 64-bit support begs the question when they will carry 64-bit operating systems. With most high-end ones carrying SSDs, throwing in 64-bit support will make these babys fly something fierce
Mostly on the server market, but hey, news from a new reader on a news article, how reliable can that be?
AMD will be releasing 12-core CPU's in 2010, I'm sure Intel won't be far behind, unless they just want to keep working on their single core CPU's.
You should compare those with the existing Atoms, and you'll be missing even more!
Seriously, the numbers reported for these "new" processors are exactly the same as the existing lineup of Atom processors (yeah, they all have x86-64, but so do the 200 and 300-series of current gen Atoms).
The D's are for desktops, and the N's are for netbooks. I would guess that the D410 has a higher TDP/heat output, making it unsuitable for laptops, but fine for a desktop. The N450 is probably just a low-power version of the same processor.