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Once abuzz with plenty of activity, the netbook segment wears a deserted look nowadays. PC vendors don’t seem to be interested in netbooks anymore and have turned their attention elsewhere. But Intel, despite its aggressive ultrabook push, still continues to view these diminutive devices as a “sustainable business.” Even though Cedar Trail hasn’t really set the world alight, the chipmaker doesn’t quite seem ready to give up on netbooks yet. Hit the jump for Intel’s future plans for netbooks.
Cedar Trail’s successor has been revealed to be a 22nm system-on-chip (SoC) called “Valley View” in a recently leaked roadmap from embedded systems company Advancetech. Going by the leaked information, we’re looking at a fan-less SoC with up to four CPU cores, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, USB 3.0 support and around four times the graphical performance of its predecessor.
The massive improvement in graphical performance is reportedly down to the use of Ivy Bridge graphics, unlike Cedar Trail which packs PowerVR SGX545 graphics. Valle yView is, in the words of Jesse Barnes of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, a “Cedar View-like chip but with an Ivy bridge graphics core.”
According to Linux hardware site Phoronix, Intel has already released open-source driver code to support Valley View. The code points to the presence of something called the "Pondicherry" memory arbiter, support for two DisplayPort displays, and HDMI output support.
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