The new chips will replace the Atom N4xx and N5xx chips that dominate the netbook space today. The new model chip features a 32nm design (current Atom chips are built with a 45nm process) which helps reduce power consumption while offering similar or better performance.
The Intel Atom N2800 will be a dual core 1.86 GHz chip with a TDP of 6.5 watts. It will feature GMA 5650 graphics running at 640 MHz. The chip supports 64-bit operating systems and DDR3 memory.
Intel will also launch an Atom N2600 single core version with lower power consumption.
The Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail chip is expected to hit the streets this summer, but that processor is geared toward low power tablets and similar mobile devices. The Cedar Trail line is designed for netbooks and low power laptops, offering much better overall performance than Oak Trail.
The Intel Atom N2600 and N2800 chips are expected to launch during the fourth quarter of 2011.
The news comes hot on the heels of reports that Intel will launch D2500 and D2700 Cedar Trail chips for desktop computers later this year as well. Those models will be a little faster than the netbook chips, but they’ll also consume more power with a TDP of about 10 watts.