atom roadmapFudzilla has gotten their hands on a few more details about Intel’s upcoming Pine Trail platform. Most noteworthy is the news that there will be an estimated 20% reduction in power consumption.

Some blogs have asked whether this will translate to 20% longer battery life. Not likely, since the power savings here only refers to the Pine Trail core components. All the other netbook energy drains – display, hard drive, etc – will still be sucking life from your battery as before.

The change will help, of course, if only a little. Savings is savings, though, and netbook users will appreciate any tech which leads to a few more minutes of outlet-free, wireless computing.

Fudzilla is also careful to note that the reduced manufacturing cost won’t necessarily translate into lower-priced netbooks. That’s how things generally go, however, so I’d fully expect to see prices come down a at least little by the time Pine Trail hits the shelves. Whether the two things are related is another story…

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

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