When Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad S100 netbook, the company promised it would be available with up to an Intel Atom N570 processor. That chip isn’t currently available, and I haven’t been able to get any solid information about what makes the N570 different from existing Atom chips. But it looks like we should have our answers soon. DigiTimes reports that the N570 chip should launch at the end of February.
According to the report, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung will all introduce computers with the new chip in March.
Right now the Intel web site only shows one chip in the N500 family — the dual core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550. It seems likely that the N570 will be a similar chip with a faster clock speed. Netbook News suggests it will run at 1.66 GHz.
Intel is expected to launch its next-generation Cedar Trail and Oak Trail chips later this year. The N570 is likely just a minor spec bump for an existing product — much as the Atom N470 was a modest update to the N450 chip last year.