Intel has already seen wild success with it’s current generation Atom processor gaining nearly 90% of the netbook market and they hope to continue the trend with the upcoming “Pine Trail” platform.
A report from X-bit labs claims that ““Intel is planning for a fast transition to Pine Trail. To generate excitement for the platform ahead of launch, Intel is planning a press release in late December publicly disclosing the details of the platform.”
The mentioned press release is planned for December 21st 2009 and shortly after, on January 4th 2010 Intel plans to publicly debut the N450 just in time to show it off at the year’s CES 2010 expo.
The processors at the core of the Pine-Trail platform have been codenamed “Pineview” and will feature built-in DDR2 memory controller along with an integrated graphics core and dedciated Broadcom video decoding processor. It is also rumoured that the chips will have x86-64 support to allow for devices to support more than 4GB of ram.
These upcoming Atom “Pineview” processors are said to be the following:
- Intel Atom N450: single-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66GHz, 512KB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $63 price-point;
- Intel Atom D510: dual-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66GHz, 1MB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $63 price-point;
- Intel Atom D410: single-core with Hyper-Threading support, 1.66GHz, 512KB cache, x86-64, BGA437 package, $43 price-point;
The Intel Atom processor, coupled with NVIDIA’s Ion chipset has already received tremendous reviews as a low power & cost machine that is capable of playing HD video making it the perfect media centre or workstation PC.