Santa Clara, California-based Intel, the world's leading vendor of computer processors and platforms, has officially announced today the debut of its latest generation of ultraportable PC platforms, with the introduction of the new Atom processor and supporting chipset. Due out on January 4, in systems from various leading vendors of netbooks, the new platform includes support for both portable and desktop PCs, providing PC vendors with a choice for new netbooks and nettops.
“The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models,” said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group. “We're excited to be delivering the next-generation Atom platform and working across the industry as we head into a second phase of growth, powering innovative new system designs with better performance, smaller footprints and better battery life.”
The new platform, which includes the Atom N450, for netbooks and the D410 and D510 for entry-level nettops, as well as the NM10 Express chipset, comes with the same specifications that have been leaked on the Internet in recent months. The Pineview-based N450 processor features a single-core architecture and is built using the chip maker's advanced 45nm manufacturing technology. The single-core D410 and dual-core D510 have been designed for small-sized, low-power desktop PCs both of which can be paired with the new NM10 integrated chipset.
According to Intel, the new Intel Atom processors will be featured in new systems that will be made available as early as January 4, next year. There are over 80 netbook design wins, with ASUS, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Samsung and MSI being among the top OEMs to have adopted Intel's latest Atom platform, according to Intel. The new systems will be featured with either the N450, which sports 512k of L2 cache, a 7 watt total kit TDP, including chipset, the N410, featuring 512k L2 cache and 12-watt total kit TDP and the D510 chip with 1MB of L2 cache and 15-watt total kit TDP.