It’s not like Intel to keep quiet about what they’re up to, but once in a while it just happens that news coming from the chip behemoth almost slips under the radar. Almost, because engadget picked up a scent from Intel about a couple of new Atom processors, aimed at (of course) netbooks and, less commonly, nettops.
The N2600 is running at 1.6 GHZ and a maximum of 1.83 GHZ when boosted, but staying within the boundaries of a very reasonable 3.5 W TDP. The N2800 takes it up a notch, running normally at 1.83 GHZ, but able to jump to 2.13 GHZ when needed, all with a TDP of 6.5 W. The N2600 and N2800 are aimed at netbooks and are a step up from the N4xx/N5xx of the world, and will bring in better power management, performance and HD support.
Also, the new platform supports up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, which will make the N2xx netbooks capable of running faster and superior multitasking. As for the D series, this is Intel’s offering for the nettop sector, so we should expect a chip capable of decoding HD content without any kind of compromise- or at least work smoothly together with a dedicated video card, probably ION 2.
The D2500 runs at 1.83 GHZ or 2.1 GHZ and has a TDP of 10 W, while the D2700, retaining the same TDP, will run at 2.13 and 2.4 GHZ. The integrated video cards on the N200 and D200 series come with support up to DirectX 10 and Pixel Shader 3.0, as well as Flash support up to version 11.0. These processors will run Blu Ray discs comfortably, with the maximum resolution being 1900 x 1200 on both platforms.
The two lines of processors are part of Intel’s Cedar Trail offensive, which was supposed to be released around September, but graphics controller issues determined Chipzilla (there, we said it) to delay it, as the processors didn’t pass Windows 7 certification. While these chips are not overtly aimed at tablets and smart phones, we might see some versions of them appearing on hand sets and slates sooner than later, especially after Windows 8 will be out in force.
Either way, there will more than enough netbooks and nettops packing these new chips around Christmas, so you’ll have the chance to test them yourself.