Intel’s Next Atom: Higher Clock Cycles, Lower Power Consumption



Image Credit: HKEPC

Sitting in on an Intel (s INTC) web conference three weeks ago, I thought I’d hear details on the Pine Trail platform. Instead, we only got high-level information, and then the focus turned to software. Now it looks like the details are dripping out slowly, by way of HKEPC. We already knew that the next-generation Atom would be moving from three chips to two. That reduces cost, power consumption and size while increasing performance. The above chart shows the meaty specs, though: higher clock-cycles, lower power consumption, a new and faster graphics chipset, and support for faster DDR2 memory. It’s also noteworthy that Intel can go fanless with the new chipset.

The anticipated launch date for the new Atom is in the last quarter of this year. If production samples get out in the third quarter, there’s an off-chance that we could see some devices sporting a new Atom for the holidays. Even if we don’t, I’m certain we’ll see the next-gen chip all over the Consumer Electronics Show in January.



Well, a reason for skipping the holiday buying season for a netbook and give an iou instead. The season will probably drain off the existing platform inventory for the masses not aware of the new processor whereas, if released before the season, it may have killed the selloff leaving stores with excess inventory. As the majority of persons would not be aware of the new processor unless siting on the shelf, this approach makes some sense.

It also gives a talking point for CES.


Pineview + Win 7 + built-in WWAN would make a very capable netbook. It would be a shame for Intel to hold the release back further, but it seems the firm has an overstock of N270/N280 chips and is currently using the likes of HP as its clearing house.

If the earliest we can expect to see Pineview units in the retail space is early next year, I would hate to think how far Intel will push back the schedule for Medfield.


I’m seeing very, very slow progress here. And if you compare N450 to the current N280 instead of the older N270, it becomes even more obvious.


That GMA500 is a bit of an issue. Sure, it’s the big brother of the exact same GPU in the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3G[s] but Windows, Linux and Mac OS X support for it is very patchy.

This is essentially the same platform that Sony used in the Vaio P. The GMA500 has been a constant thorn for me (and others). The latest Windows 7 RC works better with it but there are still silly things going on at times with the video driver.


GMA500 igp? Fine for general use but its too restricting (moreso than the 950) for me.


Pineview Rocks !
I really like the “fanless” design.

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