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New Intel Atom Processor for Tablets Spurs Companion Computing Device Innovation

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Intel Corporation today announced that the Intel Atom platform, formerly codenamed "Oak Trail," is now available and will be in devices starting in May and throughout 2011. Over 35 innovative tablet and hybrid designs from companies including Evolve III, Fujitsu Limited, Lenovo, Motion Computing, Razer, and Viliv are based on "Oak Trail" and running a variety of operating systems.

In addition, at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, the company will give a sneak peak of its next-generation, 32nm Intel Atom platform, currently codenamed "Cedar Trail." This solution will help to enable a new wave of fanless, cool and quiet, sleek and innovative netbooks, entry-level desktops and all-in-one designs.

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thats a bit of a mistake - USB 2.0 frequently gets overtaken by carrier pigeons
yeah but let's keep it in the ballpark. despite the novelty factor, how realistic is it that someone will carrier pidgeon a usb drive? usb2 is still fast. I have usb on a few pcs but it's pretty worthless unless you get all new equipment as well. and then all pcs need it to really take advantage.

if you need faster, esata or gigabit ethernet are the way to go. usb3 will be great, when it's ubiquitous. i do agree new devices should have it - but a few in this generation will not be held back by a lack of it, i don't think.
 

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Atom is fine, but Windows is not. You will need a heavily optimised OS to be able to efficiently use whatever little resources the chip has to offer. I am patiently waiting for x86 to infiltrate the tablet market though, its the most logical next step after netbooks but I suspect the battery life will be the weak link for now, even with this improvement.
 
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Atom is fine, but Windows is not. You will need a heavily optimised OS to be able to efficiently use whatever little resources the chip has to offer. I am patiently waiting for x86 to infiltrate the tablet market though, its the most logical next step after netbooks but I suspect the battery life will be the weak link for now, even with this improvement.
for sure - linux or android for now. but it is getting realistic that we could have a capable, convenient, sleek, touchscreen windows tablet - that doesn't cost many many paychecks - soon. looking forward to it :)
 

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I ran Windows 7 on a 1st gen Atom just fine. No, the O/S wasn't heavily modified.
 
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what about flash playback? smooth?
 

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Atom is fine, but Windows is not. You will need a heavily optimised OS to be able to efficiently use whatever little resources the chip has to offer. I am patiently waiting for x86 to infiltrate the tablet market though, its the most logical next step after netbooks but I suspect the battery life will be the weak link for now, even with this improvement.
Turn of the graphical bells and whatnot and it'll be fine. I mean obviously you won't be able to have two Firefox with 20 tabs in each, + youtube + HD movies in the background. I think that is kinda the problem for most people (I don't mean to single you out though), they think "Windows, so it'll be the same as my i7 desktop right???". You have to adapt the workload for the system. Even if we have limited resources we're used to Windows being snappy and advanced.. At least that's what I think.,

At least I've met some people that are like that.
 
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what about flash playback? smooth?
480p and below it's fine. It was a small netbook so the resolution could only go so high.
 
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Uhm, the Asus Eee Pad slider doesn't have an Atom CPU, it's got a Tegra 2 and runs Android...
 

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thats a bit of a mistake - USB 2.0 frequently gets overtaken by carrier pigeons
Hi-Speed is the technical name of USB 2.0.

USB (1.5 Mb/s), USB 1.1 Full-Speed (12 Mb/s), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mb/s), USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (4.8 Gb/s).

The jump from 12 Mb/s to 480 Mb/s was huge. Hence "Hi-Speed" sold it.
 
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The overhead onUSB is what kills it, plus on many systemms the bandwidth is shared between many ports, and other devices. A dedicated 2.0 port is amazingly fast compared to shared resource hubs.

Intels reaction to AMD's APU is not enough. AMD can handle hidef content in small form factor devices.


I would almost predict the next gen apple ipad to feature APU tech.
 
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Hi-Speed is the technical name of USB 2.0.

USB (1.5 Mb/s), USB 1.1 Full-Speed (12 Mb/s), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mb/s), USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (4.8 Gb/s).

The jump from 12 Mb/s to 480 Mb/s was huge. Hence "Hi-Speed" sold it.
a good idea would of been just to call it high speed - much better marketing and it just sounds cooler.
in other news does anyone know if this will be able to compete with AMD's brand new laptop platform, i heard amd's has over 400 shaders on the gpu:eek:
 
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My Asus Eee PC 1201N has a Diamondville Atom 330 with a Nvidia ION IGP and it still struggles with 1080p Youtube videos, hopefully these Oak Trails will be an improvement over this. AMD's Ontario and Zacate based nettops have proven to be pretty capable little buggers, lets hope they make more netbooks with them in it!
 
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I would almost predict the next gen apple ipad to feature APU tech.
Uhm, what? All ARM processors already have an on die GPU and have been for quite some time now. How do you think Apple's devices can run the Unreal engine?
 

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a good idea would of been just to call it high speed - much better marketing and it just sounds cooler.
in other news does anyone know if this will be able to compete with AMD's brand new laptop platform, i heard amd's has over 400 shaders on the gpu:eek:
10 years or so ago, USB2 was blazing fast, so "Hi-speed". Name stuck since then.

This platform does not compete against the AMD's brand new platform, this platform aims at sub netbook size devices, while AMD's platform is targetted at the mainstream laptop size.
 
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I guess Atom is just cant handle the speed of USB3.
We want Llano AMD on those things, Nvidia Ion is not good enough !