Intel launches redesigned Atom chip for netbooks

Chip maker Intel has announced the launch of their new Atom processor chips and NM10 chipset for netbooks. In a first for Intel, the new chip Previously referred to as "Pine Trail", sees the graphics function placed on the central processing unit itself, reducing package size and power consumption.

"This is the first monolithic processor with the graphics built in and the memory controller built in," said Anil Nanduri, director of netbook marketing at Intel, according to CNET News. "We'll see sleeker designs coming into the market and longer battery life," he said, adding that power consumption has been reduced by 20% over its predecessors.

Although the new Atom processors have seen major changes, their gigahertz ratings and cache size remain the same as the previous generation - the N450 will run at the same 1.66GHz as the Atom N280 and still has 512KB cache. Intel is also launching the D510, which will have two processing cores, as well as a new single-core design in the D410.

Both Windows XP Home and Intel's Moblin Linux operating systems will be supported. Moblin will offer some benefits over Windows according to Nanduri, who said, "You will get a very snappy experience on Moblin and faster boot times because it's very purpose-built for this category."

Intel has said that there will be more than 80 new Netbook designs available from January 4th, 2010. Although pricing will be announced in January by Netbook suppliers, it is expected that the new systems will be priced at around $350.

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bah, all crap. I'll have to buy 2 computers if I'm concerned of power usage. They should have come up with i7+Atom design, this way people can press the "turbo" button to switch on i7. At the moment think about the power sockets I'll have to plug in everywhere for this type of power saving design

smithy_dll said,
gigahertz rating??????
Please use the correct term, clock speed.

Cache size, is that amount of Level 2 Cache?

No 512KB L1 cache, common sense dude..

I'm happy with my AMD netbook with ATi graphics even though AMD hate the term :P does a lot better job then what now is last gen atoms did.

I'm with boho...

I'm down the with Acer... every Acer notebook/netbook I've ever had the experience to deal with, has far surpassed the satisfactory mark on my list, even for my customers.

Finally official then.
The only real benefits to this updated platform is basically the power requirements, right?
Is there any reason to wait for an ION + D510 over getting a system now with the Atom 330 + ION?

The Netbook form factor and price point make it a great bit of kit. I'm finding some of our users wanting them for occasional off site use. Slimmer faster and a long battery life will start to kill off the traditional laptop (hotwater-bottle) market. I don't understand why manufacturers have yet to made these things dockable (and sell expensive docking station). Just think of the number of docking stations they could sell per Netbook!

One thing that I have had difficulty with, is getting Dell to sell them with an OEM version of XP Pro or Windows 7 Pro. Dell seem total boorish about supplying their Mini Inspiron 10v with a decent O/S. Don't know if they are scared, or if it is a Microsoft licensing thing. Dell are very intransigent at times, I hope Acer keep their recent promotion to second place laptop maker.

warwagon said,
I actually prefer that new celeron that's in the Dell 11z.

At three times the price? You must be kidding! The cheapest competitor to the Netbook is Dell's 15 inch Celeron, at only half as much again.

boho said,
At three times the price? You must be kidding! The cheapest competitor to the Netbook is Dell's 15 inch Celeron, at only half as much again.

It came to $400, but i've seen netbook as much too.