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Report: Atom N470 1.83 GHz Due Early 2010

We've been hearing (and waiting) for a big update to Intel's Atom platform. While Nvidia's Ion does give the Atom a completely different character, Intel is still the one who will decide the direction of the next-generation of netbooks and nettops.

There's been a lot of talk of the upcoming Pineview Atom processor, which integrates graphics and memory controller and combines with a southbridge to form the Pine Trail platform.

As long as Intel isn't delayed in delivering Pine Trail, we should be seeing the first of the new generation this year.

Current Atom chips found in most machines run at around 1.6 GHz, which will likely be the same clock frequency for the Pineview Atom N450 whenever it launches. The new platform will get its performance increase from the updated and integrated architecture, which will also realize power savings.

According to French site blogeee.net, Intel will next year roll out the Atom N470, which cranks the clock speed up to 1.83 GHz. The report says that the Atom N470 will have thermal design power of 6.5 W, which is a bit more than the 2.5 W for the N270, but should see an overall savings as it does away with the separate memory controller and graphics chip.

Hopefully we'll be seeing Pine Trail soon, and even faster parts by CES in January 2010.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • r0x0r
    Before you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.
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  • thackstonns
    r0x0rBefore you all ask...no it can't play Crysis.Crysis, I would be happy for 720p playback
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  • burnley14
    This should be perfect timing, right around the time I anticipate my current Pentium M notebook will bite the dust :)
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  • Major7up
    Does this mean we will also be seeing a new generation of Ions too? I hope?
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  • Nintendork
    A similar priced Athlon X2 Neo with 780G can play Crysis. That bad are intel "slowbooks"
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  • jellico
    It's always interesting to see which direction emerging computer technology takes. I remember, only a few short years ago, it was believed we would all be wearing computers by now. I still remember the commercial with the guy sitting out in front of a fountain at some non-descript city plaza, yelling "buy it, buy it!" into his headset before answering a call from his wife. Then again, who knows? Smaller footprint, low-power consumption computer technology may revitalize those dreams for some people. :)
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  • gwolfman
    The report says that the Atom N470 will have thermal design power of 6.5 W, which is a bit more than the 2.5 W for the N270, but should see an overall savings as it does away with the separate memory controller and graphics chip.
    Considering it's replacing the 945 chipset/MCH, it can only get better.
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  • IzzyCraft
    NintendorkA similar priced Athlon X2 Neo with 780G can play Crysis. That bad are intel "slowbooks"But it's no were near the power saving mainly from the 780G graphics
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  • dtemple
    And it'll still be slower than a 1GHz Celeron.
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  • radium69
    And my EEEPC does 1.9 ghz anyway :S with a n270...
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