We've heard several reports lately from Taiwanese sources that Intel is set to release its new Atom platform codenamed Pine Trail in 2010 instead of the original 2009, but apparently that's not true.
Intel went on record at the Intel Technology Summit on Wednesday in San Francisco that Pine Trail is on schedule.
"Pine Trail is on schedule. You can quote me on that... The three chip solution down to two chip solution [is] coming this year," said Mooley Eden, Intel's GM of Mobile Platform Group, as quoted by Engadget.
Pine Trail is the platform for the new Atom Pineview processor, which integrates the GPU with the CPU. "We are going to integrate the graphics to get better performance," Eden said in a CNet story.
As for a real date? "We are going to ship revenue shipments in the second half of the year," he said of Pine Trail. "You come to IDF [in September] and see the maturity of the product."
the best but serves well enough for most uses for basic tasks
including watching movies.
Haha then why did they want to get "better performance" ?
I was hoping they would bring the old K7/AthlonXP design from 130nm to 45nm/32nm with a few tweaks and low clock speeds to counter the Atom sooner or later - its otherwise an Intel owned market.
well, it may be 'better' but that sure as hell doesn't mean it's GOOD, or even good enough!
While I'm not really in the market for a laptop or nettop myself that's the kind of performance level I'd expect from such a GPU solution.
On the other hand, if it's not good enough for that kind of work we'll end up paying more for less as we'd still need a third party chipset to go with the integrated GPU.
You can't expect miracles from only _8 watts_ for 1.6 Ghz dual core Atom 330. Even 2.0 Ghz single core VIA C7 is 20 watts. Much more realistic processors at 35 watts for AMD and Intel --even for nettop.
Enough though the Atom is fast enough for normal office/web apps, being able to view HD movies should also be part of the min specs.
Anyway, this is where I draw the line between better and good.
Integrating the GPU onto the die will lower latency and probably allow for better eprformance. Of course we cannot judge it until we see it but for the purpose Intel set it to be it will do fine.
And a Athlon CPU would have to be quite small in order to compete. They would have to do as Intel did and strip a lot from it. Atoms size and power usage alone is so minimal that unless AMD cut down a lot of features the Athlon XP even at 45nm would not be able to compete.