Intel is preparing the next version of its Intel Atom CPU, and DigiTimes reports that the new chips should beging shipping during the second half of 2009. The next generation Atom chips are currently codenamed Pineview, and DigiTimes reports the processor will feature several improvements over the current Intel Atom N270 chips:
- Capable of CPU speeds higher than 1.6GHz
- Support for DDR2 667MHz RAM
- GPU frequency will move from 133MHz to 200MHz
- TDP will drop from 8W to 7W
- Uses a 45nm process
- Integrates functions including the memory controller and graphics core onto the chip, which means the CPU will take up less space on the motherboard
According to DigiTimes, Pineview cips will also be cheaper to produce and will be able to support fanless system designs.
via Netbook News.de
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This shows the Pineview as a successor to the Atom 230 & 330 processors. Which Intel has targeted at nettops rather than netbooks because of their higher power utilization. The 330 for example uses almost 8W, while the N270 only uses about 2.5W TDP. So are these new Pineview chips targeted at netbooks or not?
One obvious fallout of integrating the graphics on the same chip as the CPU is that external graphics like the Nvidia ION platform will make less sense, which might of course be part of what Intel is thinking. If these things can do 1080p video decoding with reasonable CPU load, and can handle some of the external display options like HDMI or DVI that the current models can’t, they might kill Ion before it ships…
This sounds like an update of the chip using their tick-tock method, basically the same chip but moved over to the new manufacturing process.
But looks good and I guess it will consume less power.
The best article I’ve read on lilputing this month!
I’m not going to get Samsung NC10 anymore. I’d rather wait for this CPU to be implemented for potentially 10 hour battery life. What Intel should do is allow you to change CPUs in order to upgrade your netbook. Why should old CPUs in a netbook force you to buy a whole new computer just to get a new netbook?
If that’s 7W TDP including the graphics etc, this should be interesting.
hope it’s powerful enough to play 1080p mkv’s
Sounds good – until you see this is a successor to Diamondville, not Silverthorne. Meaning it’s for small desktops, not netbooks.
Sounds like good but modest changes.
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