Next-gen Intel Atom Platform to Launch in January
Intel is supposedly planning on a "fast transition" to Pine Trail, the next generation Atom platform according to documents seen by X-bit labs. The current N270 and N280 Atom CPUs have been ubiquitous in netbooks and nettops for a while now, and while capable for most basic tasks a lot will welcome an update to the platform that should see improvements to the already meagre power consumption, as well as hopefully some performance improvements for tasks that current netbooks struggle with. As Intel is also pushing its CULV platform I wouldn't expect a night and day difference between the two, but anything extra would be welcomed. The new Atom processor will take on the main functions of the Pine Trail platform, with an integrated graphics core, built in DD2 memory controller, a Broadcom video decoding processor and improved core-logic. The, Atom N450, D510 (dual-core) and D410 all come in with a clockspeed of 1.66GHz and 512KB cache per core (so 1MB on the D510). Intel is expected to reveal more details about the platform on December 21st, with systems launching on January 4th ready for manufacturers to show them off at CES a few days later.