It's not always easy to say goodbye, but in some cases, well, it just plain feels good. Intel's discontinuation of its Atom D2700 processor is one of those moments. With the third quarter now well underway, Intel killing off its fastest Atom processor, as the D2700 is has been tagged with an End of Life (EOL) label. So, why does it feel good to say goodbye in this case?
Plain and simple, Intel's Atom architecture feels a little long in the tooth. One could argue that Intel's Atom line has always felt that way, and we wouldn't begrudge them for it. The Atom D2700 is a 10W dual-core processor clocked at 2.13GHz with 1MB of L2 cache and support for up to 4GB of DDR3-1066 memory. The integrated graphics core is clocked at 640MHz.
That's fine for low-power applications, but at $52, it was a rather expensive slice of netbook silicon. With much more powerful Ultrabooks (Intel) and ultra thins (AMD) coming down in price, it's hard to shed a tear about anything netbook related.
For those of you who don't agree, not to worry, the D2700 hasn't been completely phased out yet. Shipments will continue until the end of September, and parts will likely linger in the market place for some time after.