We’ve already seen reports that the new Intel Atom Pine Trail processors use less energy than current generation chips, while offering little to no performance boost. But if you’re a sucker for a good spec sheet, Intel’s got a few for you.

The company has uploaded the technical specifications for its new Atom N450 mobile processor as well as the Atom D410 and D510 desktop processors. There aren’t a lot of surprises, but here are a few things I learned:

  • The Atom N450 is a 64-bit chip, which means you can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7 on a netbook with this CPU, something you couldn’t do with the Atom N270/N280 chips.
  • The package size is exactly the same as earlier chips, even though memory and graphics functions have been added.
  • If you’ve been holding your breath waiting to find out if the GMA 3150 graphics core would support hardware video acceleration, it’s time to exhale. It doesn’t.

For more details, you can check out a chart comparing the new mobile chips with the current generation, and another one for desktop chips.

via Netbooked

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10 replies on “Intel offers up technical specs for next-gen Atom processors”

  1. The XP netbooks are far cheaper than their Win 7 counterparts. Look at the recent Lenovo S10 with 6 cells, it was below US199. So, why bother getting a Win 7 machine when even an XP can give better battery life?

    As to the N450, no point getting it when it is paired with a Win 7. Most probably the same model with XP and N280 gives more of less the same battery life.

    As for Asus, the 1005PE (N280) with Win 7 and the 1005 XP (N280) really have not much difference.

    Like I said, might as well go for the cheaper machine anytime.

    Furthermore, the XP has as many features as the Win 7 Starter.

  2. Intel is about at it’s limit as to what they will allow the Atom to do. They are just not willing to cannibalize the market for their more expensive processors. This leaves a great big hole for someone else to fill. AMD seems to have decided to play in the middle ground between what is commonly considered a netbook and full sided laptops (full sized laptops too). Too bad Via has mostly disappointed and nearly disappeared in the US market. I had hopes that nVidia might play in this field, but no joy. The Atom’s near monopoly of the netbook market serves nobody but Intel.

  3. I dont see a good work with that Atom CPUs and Windows 7. Intel you dont do a good job, but you can do it better.

  4. XP machines are still the way to go and an Atom N280 is still a smarter choice.

    But, by May/June 2010 you might have three thing converge that might be worth waiting for.

    1) Atom N470 chips that run at 1.83GHz and can use faster DDR3 memory

    2) Nvidia will have Ion 2 out and they will have tricked down onto more machines by early summer.

    3) I won’t say MS will do it, but by mid-summer someone will figure out why Win 7 is sucking so much power AND how to stop it from doing that. It won’t be an official solution, but people will at least have the choice to cross their finger and install a fix.

    That and a few other improvements will make the Pine Trail systems coming out in five months better then what we can buy in January.

  5. OT – Multitouch in the Linux kernel
    see: https://lii-enac.fr/en/projects/shareit/xorg.html

    “Context: This work was done as part of project ShareIT, a research project in which we collaborate with our good friends the multitouch hardware makers at Stantum, the multitouch software and interaction experts at IntuiLab and the aircraft cockpit designers at Thales Avionics to explore the use of multitouch user interfaces in cockpits. But no, there is no plan to use Linux in the cockpit, this is just for the lab’s research”.

  6. Might as well buy older XP machines. If there is no performance boost, why not buy the cheaper XP N280 machines then?

    Good question- would an old N280 XP have the same or more or less same battery life as a N450 with Windows Starter?

    I ask because Brad has proven that Win 7 consumes more battery than XP.

    So, in real terms, netbooks have not really progressed.

  7. The biggest question on my mind is whether the new CPU will play nicely with chipsets other than the new Intel one. For example, a newer generation ION or something like that. It would especially nice if you could switch between the graphics capabilities so that you could have both long battery life, and HD/3D graphic capabilities.

    1. Nvidia is already at work on Ion 2, ~April. Forget the switching graphics, not going to happen. But since Ion was almost no additional power, by test, no need to switch.

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