Monday, December 21st 2009

Intel Announces Next-Generation Atom Platform

Intel Corporation announced new Intel Atom processors today that feature integrated graphics built directly into the CPU, enabling improved performance and smaller, more energy-efficient designs in a new generation of netbooks and Atom-based entry level desktop PCs. Major OEMs have committed to having systems on the new Intel Atom processors and a new companion chipset available within the next few weeks.

The newest Intel Atom platform for netbooks consists of a new Intel Atom processor, the N450, and a new low-power Intel NM10 Express Chipset. For entry level desktop PCs, it consists of either the Intel Atom processor D410 or the dual core D510, also paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset. The Intel Atom processor was designed from the ground up for small devices and low power, and remains Intel's smallest chip, built on the company's 45nm high-k metal gate manufacturing process. The overall package, including chipset, just got smaller due to the increasing integration and 45nm manufacturing, which means smaller, more compact system designs, lower costs for OEMs and improved performance.

Broad Industry Momentum
Intel continues to see broad industry support for the Atom platform as netbooks in particular have been hot sellers during a recessionary year due to their affordability, function and small size (7-10.2" screens). Additionally, Intel is expecting to see broad channel adoption for Atom in a variety of small form factor entry-level desktop PCs at low price points, including ultra-small designs (less than 1-litre chassis), fanless designs, and low-cost all-in-one designs.

Since Intel announced the first Atom processors for netbooks and entry-level desktop PCs in June 2008, the market has expanded rapidly. Since introduction, Intel has shipped over 40 million Atom chips for netbooks to every major OEM around the world. In the same timeframe, netbooks ramped faster and sold more units than Apple's iPhone or the Nintendo Wii.* According to ABI Research, total Atom shipments for all segments are expected to continue to grow into the 100s of millions by 2011.* Intel is not letting up, offering the next-generation platform for OEMs to continue to innovate around.

"The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group. "We're excited to be delivering the next-generation Atom platform and working across the industry as we head into a second phase of growth, powering innovative new system designs with better performance, smaller footprints and better battery life."

Intel has over 80 design wins to-date for the new Atom platform from such leading OEMs as ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, MSI, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu. While the bulk of the systems will feature the new Windows 7* Starter or Home Basic operating system, consumers will have a choice when it comes to selecting an operating system, with some OEMs offering Moblin Linux v2 as an alternative for customers who desire a customizable and differentiated user interface.

Worldwide netbook shipments by telecommunications companies such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and others are also growing and expected to fuel another round of expansion. Intel has been working closely with mobile operators and modem vendors to advance 3G capabilities in netbooks in established and emerging markets. To-date approximately a dozen service providers offer netbooks in various markets, and the numbers are expected to grow with the newest platform.

Improved processor and graphics performance
One of the most significant features of the new platform is the integration of memory controller and graphics into the CPU, a first in the industry on x-86 chips. That means two chips (CPU+chipset) instead of the previous three (CPU, chipset, I/O controller hub), a lower TDP, and substantial reductions in cost, overall footprint and power. The netbook platform features a 20 percent improvement in average power and a smaller package size over the previous Atom platform. This translates into smaller and more compact system designs and longer battery life. Because of the integration, the total footprint for the netbook platform has decreased by approximately 60 percent. For entry level desktop PCs, it's a nearly 70 percent reduction in footprint and about 50 percent lower TDP than the previous generation.

About the platform
The N450 is a single core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 7 watt total kit TDP including chipset. The D410 for entry-level desktop PCs is a single-core Atom processor with 512k of L2 cache and a 12-watt total kit TDP including chipset, and the D510 for entry-level desktop PCs is a dual core Atom processor with 1meg L2 cache and a 15-watt total kit TDP including chipset. The new chips all run at 1.66GHz. Pricing and availability will be announced in January as systems become available from OEMs.

Highlights
  • Higher level of integration plus 45nm manufacturing enables significant power reduction, performance improvements and smaller package size
  • Average power consumption down 20 percent over previous generation, enabling longer battery life in netbooks
  • Over 80 netbook design wins from major OEMs including ASUS, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Samsung and MSI
  • Next-generation Intel Atom systems available Jan. 4
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22 Comments on Intel Announces Next-Generation Atom Platform

#1
DaJMasta
No mention of performance.... and from the listed specs it won't be going up much.




There are a few things to cheer about though, looks like the chipset offers a fair amount of IO, the smaller footprint and lower power usage will make more compact and longer lasting machines (and more fully passive options), and the dual channel memory should actually improve computational and graphics performance somewhat (though with no info on graphics and no integrated HD decoding it's not looking that spectacular....)



I guess this gives AMD and VIA a little more of a chance to really compete in this generation of netbooks.
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#2
Jizzler
So "D" has IGP as well? If boards start coming with an internal header I could certainly think of some projects to utilize it.
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#3
cool_recep
What is the point in integrating graphics core into CPU core if it can not even decode HD videos? I don't think that I am that drunk to see a "Third Party HD Video Decoder" device on that pic.

And: I love AIO system like iMac but believe me I will never spend my hard earned money on that slow Atom crap for just slick design!

I am an ATI Fanboy and I say ION 2 FTW!
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
oh whats that? mussels was right when he made comments in the thread about intels integrated IGP's becoming the next atom platform?

shame on you disbelievers.


by: cool_recep
What is the point in integrating graphics core into CPU core if it can not even decode HD videos? I don't think that I am that drunk to see a "Third Party HD Video Decoder" device on that pic.

And: I love AIO system like iMac but believe me I will never spend my hard earned money on that slow Atom crap for just slick design!

I am an ATI Fanboy and I say ION 2 FTW!
several boards i've had with intel video had external H264 decoder chips on them.
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#5
Baum
still 667 ddr2 ram?
no dx10 GPU? and then integrated into cpu?
hope flash runs smooth this time :banghead:
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#6
Fourstaff
How come I dont see anything graphics mentioned in the "Improved processor and graphics performance"?
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#7
Roph
Hopefully the GPU can be disabled, or just at least will stay dormant, not consuming power whilst a better IGP is included. Come on Zotac, you can do it.
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#8
btarunr
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by: Roph
Hopefully the GPU can be disabled, or just at least will stay dormant, not consuming power whilst a better IGP is included. Come on Zotac, you can do it.
There is no PCI-Express x16 link according to the block diagram. The CPU doesn't give the x16 link of its IGP. The "PCI-Express" connected to the chipset most likely refers to the x1 / x4 links. The chipset is connected to the CPU over DMI (likely 2 GB/s), so a graphics card isn't going to cut it big time.
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[I.R.A]_FBi
by: Mussels
oh whats that? mussels was right when he made comments in the thread about intels integrated IGP's becoming the next atom platform?
I remembers that thread :)
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#10
DaJMasta
Well at least judging from the new press release today (posted a couple above) the new graphics is faster, GMA3150 is said to be 20% faster than before, no DX10 and no HD decoding are both let downs, but the improvement coupled with twice the memory bandwidth should help things along.
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#11
koorosh
but the improvement coupled with twice the memory bandwidth should help things along.
come on man! it still says single channel memory. but the integrated memory controller will help bandwidth.

any idea why they didn't build them on 32nm? may be they wanted to maintain the cost and keep the cake for next release. next year you'll say WOW look at the 32nm atom processor:D

BTW wait for the media release of the products, they always make buzz around the net.
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#12
lemonadesoda
Did you see that intel chart? Max 1400x1050. That is appauling... or at least they are indicating thatin the medium term, they are DOWNMARKETING the Atom. I currently run my desktop Atoms at 1600x1200, and my netbook is 1366x768. Under the new specs, I couldnt desktop the new Atoms. So it seems they want to push the Atom down market and mid-market go CULV. I guess within 3months we will see the new desktop CULV platform.
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#13
Roph
Hopefully VIA can fill that void with the Nano :)
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#14
[H]@RD5TUFF
I think people should wait till CES before judging this, this is little more than a spec sheet, typically at CES they have working demos and more detailed information, and will be a far better demonstration of how it preforms in the real world than a press release.
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#15
Rakesh95
It isnt designed for everyone but people who have the need for it will love it
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#16
Hayder_Master
i have tried ATOM it's run like crap , i think it's enough for mobile phones not laptops
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: hayder.master
i have tried ATOM it's run like crap , i think it's enough for mobile phones not laptops
It's not meant for "laptops" nor has it ever been billed as such nor put into a "laptop". It's ment for netbooks and nettops. Their purpose is in their name (DUH) their main ability is to take advantage of cloud computing, i.e. the google apps. If used for surfing the net, email, and streaming music, and the other google app ( http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/ ) they are more than capable and low power option, which is what they are meant for!
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#18
Hayder_Master
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
It's not meant for "laptops" nor has it ever been billed as such nor put into a "laptop". It's ment for netbooks and nettops. Their purpose is in their name (DUH) their main ability is to take advantage of cloud computing, i.e. the google apps. If used for surfing the net, email, and streaming music, and the other google app ( http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/ ) they are more than capable and low power option, which is what they are meant for!
i know but they still release laptops with crap ATOM cpu's
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#19
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: hayder.master
i know but they still release laptops with crap ATOM cpu's
Are you sure about that ? I have never seen such a creature. I have seen net books that are large and feature a 15 inch screen and a larger hard drive, but never a laptop.
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#20
Jizzler
Do people differentiate between nettop and laptop?
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Jizzler
Do people differentiate between nettop and laptop?
the majority? no

nettop means "laptop with no DVD drive" to most people - if they even know that much
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#22
Jizzler
That's good, maybe these marketing designations will disappear if people don't care.

Specs - the only things that mean anything :D
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