Intel ships updated Atom chips six months early
Intel has confirmed it is already shipping the next incarnation of the Atom processor.
The chip maker's successor to the near-ubiquitous netbook chip, the N270, is landing in the hands of laptop makers well before the anticipated mid-2009 release. Those presently mulling a netbook purchase may want to hold off for a bit.
While the new single-core N280 only has a tiny boost of clock speed over the N270, a more noticeable improvement will come from its paring with Intel's new GN40 chipset and integrated graphics. Unlike previous Atom chips, the GN40 chipset includes hardware-based high-definition video decoders allowing for 720 HD playback.
For comparison, the N280 is clocked at 1.66GHz and connect across a 667MHz frontside bus. The N270's speeds are 1.6GHz and 533MHz, respectively. For power consumption, the N280 has a TDP of just 2W compared to the N270's 2.5W.
Intel told us not to expect an enormous 'next-gen' leap over the present chip, saying we should consider it more of a derivative of the N270.
The Asus EeePC 1000HE is the first netbook spotted with the N280 processor and is already taking pre-orders. No shipping date for the netbook has been announced.
The hasn't disclosed the price of the chip, but Asian pub DigiTimes has said the CPU and chipset bundle is priced at $60-$65. ®
Re: So this GN40...
The N280 has a TDP of 2W, down from the N270's 2.5W.
Will update with the info.
So what happened to the dual core Atom?
I thought the next Atom release was going to be a dual core version?
What's happened to that one?
So this GN40...
What's the power consumption like?
Dual-core or MP Atom, please!
What I'm looking forward to is a dual-core Atom for thin-clients and an MP Atom so we can slap four dual-core into a low-power blade for virtualising the same OS and apps we currently push into VMware instances.
Cheaper Atom 270's?
So does this mean the Atom N270 will get a bit cheaper?
I'm considering getting one (not a netbook, but an Atom motherboard) but they're so pricey I'm probably going to get a Sempron instead.
That new Aspire One is a bit pricey too, sure it has a 10" screen but it's getting close to cheap notebook prices.