Intel Ships Atom N2600 and N2800, Cedar Trail Netbooks to Come in Early 2012
Intel has started shipping its third-generation Atom chips for netbooks. The company says that the first Cedar Trail-based devices will be unveiled in early 2012, with some coming from Asus, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba.
The new Intel chips consist of the 1.60GHz Atom N2600 and 1.86GHz N2800 processors for netbooks, and the 2.1GHz D2700 chip for digital signage as well as other fanless integrated rigs. Cedar Trail brings a new Intel GMA 3600 graphics engine, Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) and Wireless Music features to the low-power platform. The company’s also has some new form factors for Atom, also claiming that while Atom netbooks will start at $199, there may be touchscreen and/or convertible models above the $400 price point.
The new processors won’t offer a huge performance boost over previous Atom chips. But they will support 1080p HD video playback and use about 20 percent less power. Intel says netbooks with Cedar Trail chips will offer up to 10 hours of battery life.
The new chips also support Intel’s Wireless Display technology and new features to speed up resume from sleep and connect to the internet more quickly.
Netbooks and other devices with Cedar Trail chips will be featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, 2012.