SAN JOSE, Calif. – Intel Corp. rolled out Cedar Trail, its 32 nm Atom chips for netbooks and embedded systems as a Taiwan newspaper claimed it had uncovered details about the company's plans to release its 22 nm Ivy Bridge notebook and desktop CPUs.
Intel plans to release in early April, 25 Ivy Bridge processors made in its 22 nm technology, according to a report in Digitimes. It said seventeen desktop chips will range in price from $184 to $332, and eight notebook CPUs will range in cost from $40 to $1,096—a range that is not likely accurate.
Since about 2008, Intel rolled out its next-generation desktop and notebook CPUs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. This year is an exception to the trend, sparking one analyst to suggest the Ivy Bridge chips were delayed by at least a quarter, something an Intel spokesman denied.
An Intel spokesman declined to comment on the report. However, Intel did formally unveil its latest Atom chip set called Cedar Trail.
Cedar Trail includes two new dual-core Atom processors for netbooks—the 1.6 GHz N2600 with 400 MHz embedded graphics dissipating about 3.5W and the 1.86 GHz N2800 with 640 MHz graphics consuming 6.5W. The chips support faster graphics cores and DRAM interfaces—up to 1,066 MHz DDR3—and consume less power than Intel's previous generation Oak Trail parts.
An Intel executive described Cedar Trail as single-chip integrated processors in a talk in April. However, the chips now in production are paired with the NM10, an I/O hub that supports PCI Express, USB, Ethernet, serial ATA and audio.
Intel said Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will ship netbooks using the chips as early as January. The company said the systems could sport battery life of up to ten hours and start at prices as low as $199.
In addition, Intel rolled out D2500 and D2700 Atom processors for entry-level desktops and embedded systems. The chips support data rates up to 2.1 GHz and consume up to 10W.
Does anyone off the top of their heads if the new ATOM processors with a built in GPU cores are Nvidia based?
I'm having some real troubles with the AMD APU for my home theater PC because the AMD linux drivers are very weak.
I have both a netbook and tablet, and at this point find that I need both. The tablet just isn't very user-friendly for standard tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, etc. via cloud applications and don't support Office-type internal software applications. The netbooks are essentially low-processing notebooks (when equipped with a hard drive) with great portability. I'm not sure how one with completely replace the other.
Most Netbooks that I have shopped for lately, pack more than 1GHz CPUs and not that slow given that most are been shipped with Win7 32bit.
Small is a feature that I like amd search for a device that lets me produce code not just consume it.
I would not call the netbook dead, since I am typing this note with one. However, I do agree the high volumes of yesterday, are not here any more, but I still see that the price point of below $200, is fertile territory for their survival.
There are plenty of users for that sweet spot, including myself.
And i thought netbooks are dead already. But maybe this is just Intel saving its face for losing out to ARM in tablet and low power chips. How does this 32nm Intel's Atom chip compare to the existing ARM chips?
Sometimes I ask this question: are you going this small just for Moore's sake or are we seeing value in it. Intel is a tech leader but the pursuit of an informal law does not make sense that much in some of their efforts. In about 2 Qs, netbook will make way for the tabs. It is just going to happen.
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