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Intel readying "fast transition" to Pine Trail Atoms?

updated 12:35 pm EST, Mon November 9, 2009

Intel may detail Pine Trail December 21

Intel is planning to almost completely overhaul its Atom processors with an early Pine Trail unveiling and a near complete replacement of its most important models, a leak suggests. The company reportedly plans to introduce its next-generation designs on December 21st and have PC makers shipping finished products by January 4th, when many had expected the initial unveiling. On that day, Intel is reported by Xbit-Labs as planning to scrap its long-serving 1.6GHz Atom N270 and 1.86GHz N280 chips almost immediately.

Three of the already-known Pine Trail processors have been given more specific pricing in the rumor. The 1.66GHz N450 for netbooks should cost $63 in large batches, while a dual-core 1.66GHz D510 for nettops will cost a similar amount. A single-core D410, also 1.66GHz, will cost $43.

Pine Trail will be Intel's first major revision of Atom since its introduction and will be made on a denser, cooler manufacturing process, carry its own integrated graphics and memory controllers, and support 64-bit code. It will also often come with a Broadcom video decoder that should give it smooth HD video playback when supported.



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  1. dagamer34

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    Umm

    Can someone tell me if there will be increased CPU performance in these chips? Otherwise it seems like the graphics chip was moved on chip and that's it.

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