The dual-core Atom processor N2600 and Atom processor N2800 are paired with the NM10 Express Chipset and feature a small form factor.
Chip giant Intel Corp.
announced the availability of the latest mobile Intel Atom processor-based
platform, formerly code-named Cedar Trail. Designed to provide small, compact,
on-the-go computing with improved battery life, the latest platform adds several
features to netbook computers and users looking for light productivity and
Systems based on the new
Atom processor-based platform will be available in early 2012 from OEMs including
Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba.
The new design's dedicated
media engine enables full 1,080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-ray
content, and includes additional digital display and output options such as
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and DisplayPort. The integrated
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650, combined with the integrated memory
controller, provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness, including
an improvement in graphics performance up to two times, compared with the
Systems based on the new
Intel Atom processors may have up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of
standby, which the company said would allow for all-day use between charges.
Additionally, Intel claims to have increased processor and overall system performance
while reducing power consumption up to 20 percent, compared with the previous
The platform, based on Intel's
32nm process technology, incorporates several new features, such as Intel
Wireless Display and Intel Wireless Music. With these features and wireless-enabled
devices, people can share videos or photos wirelessly from their netbooks to a
television, or stream music through their home stereo speakers.
Additional features such as
Smart Connect Technology allow users to have an instant Internet connection as
soon as they open their netbook, and have email, Twitter and RSS feeds
automatically updated, even in sleep mode. In addition, the company's Rapid
Start technology enables fast resume from standby mode and helps conserve
The dual-core Intel Atom
processor N2600 and Atom processor N2800 are paired with the Intel NM10 Express
Chipset, and feature a small-form-factor package size designed to save system
board real estate and enable thinner netbook designs. In addition to the mobile
processors, Intel offers the Atom processor D2500 and D2700 for entry-level
desktop and all-in-one designs, as well as intelligent system solutions. The
platform supports a range of operating systems including Windows, MeeGo and
The Atom processors also
provide a lower thermal design power (TDP) and power management features, such
as Intel Deeper Sleep and SpeedStep Technology, which enable lower-power
designs, making it well-suited for netbooks as well as intelligent systems,
including health care equipment, retail systems and entry-level digital
signage. Intelligent system designs are offered seven-year lifecycle support,
as well as support for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows XP and XPe, Windows
Embedded Compact, Yocto Project and Wind River VxWorks operating systems.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.