The Asus Eee Pad Transformer 1025C is one of the first netbooks from Asus to feature an Intel Atom Cedar Trail processor. The mini-laptop isn’t shipping the US yet, but you can place a pre-order at J&R for $299.99.
The netbook has a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor, a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM and a 320Gb hard drive.
It supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, and has 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI ports, and an SD card reader as well as a VGA webcam.
The Eee PC 1025C runs Windows 7 Starter Edition and has a 6 cell battery which Asus says should be good for up to 12.5 hours of run time.
The laptop measures 10.3″ x 7″ x 1.35″ and weighs about 2.75 pounds.
Asus also plans to launch an Eee PC 1025CE model with a faster 1.86 GHz Intel Atom N2800 processor soon. That model is expected to cost about $20 more.
Clover Trail is the 32nm SoC successor for 45nm Oak Trail, the primary application being low power consumption devices such as tablets and embedded systems.
While the ATOM was originally on a 5 year product cycle, most variations being just specialized versions of the ATOM, but with the 22nm Silvermont coming out next year it will officially switch to a 2 year cycle with the normal tic toc per year advancement as Intel’s higher end products. So 22nm Silvermont will be the big update and the 14nm Airmont will be coming out in 2014 for the incremental update.
I don’t know what the product life of Cedar Trail is, as its successor, Clover Trail, has already been announced. It could be shorter than the usual 2-3 years.
Intel seems to be stepping up the pace of product releases, perhaps due to stepped up efforts from AMD, which saw a profitable year (after a string of losses), from the midrange, and ARM from the low end. AMD can’t really compete with Intel at the high end, as AMD’s quad core offerings, the A8 for instance, is less powerful on ineger performance, than Intel’s dual core Core i5-2xxx. (AMD is competitive in graphics though.)
As a matter of fact, Intel had to delay shipments of Ivy Bridge, successor to Sandy Bridge (Core i series CPUs), this year, as it still had Sandy Bridge inventory to send to manufacturers.
Of course, all of this means great news for consumers, and nightmares for laptop manufacturers.
Not noted here, but the Cedar Trail HP Mini 210-4150NR is in stock at dozens of places. Notable is that it has no HDMI–the ports are identical to the ports on an older Pine Trail netbook.
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