Intel unveils next generation Atom platform


intel-atomIntel’s Atom processor has been pretty successful so far to say the least, and the current worldwide leader in processors are certainly not going to rest on their laurels – hence coming up with a next generation Intel Atom platform. This will be the first Intel processors that see the integration of graphics as well as a memory controller in the CPU, which in turn results in power reduction, smaller systems and performance jumps. This higher level of integration alongside the inclusion of 45nm manufacturing will see the average power consumption go down to 20% over the previous generation, which will certainly carve a smile on netbook manufacturers’ faces as their products will experience a longer battery life.

We can expect to see major OEMs roll out netbooks with the new Intel Atom processors within the next few weeks, so those who want to own a new netbook might want to hold off their purchases for a while more if the situation has yet to reach the urgent and critical level, as chugging along to a new processor is always much better compared to running on something older. The latest Intel Atom platform for netbooks will comprise of a new Intel Atom processor known as the N450, alongside a new low-power Intel NM10 Express Chipset. For those who are looking at entry level desktop PCs, you can choose from the Intel Atom processor D410 or the dual core D510, where it will also be paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset.

What’s the big deal about these new Atom processors, you ask? Well, one of the most significant features would be the integration of memory controller and graphics into the CPU, making it a first in the industry on x-86 chips. This results in significant cost reductions, a smaller average footprint and being more power efficient to keep in line with the green theme. We can’t wait to see what kind of desktops that will be released with this new processor, especially their design and how they would fit into everyday life.

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