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.
First unveiled a couple of weeks ago, Intel has officially added a new processor to its Atom line without a formal introduction. It's the Atom D2550, essentially a supercharged D2500 with a faster graphics core and Hyperthreading support, or you can view it as a slower-clocked D2700, which also features a faster graphics core than the D2500 and supports Hyperthreading. Let's break all three down.
Who knew netbooks would prove so resilient? By all means, the growing popularity and falling prices of tablet PCs along with the rollout of Intel's Ultrabook bandwagon could have spelled doom for the netbook form factor. But along comes Cedar Trail and suddenly there's renewed interest in these pint-sized notebooks, at least for one more generation anyway. MSI, one of the driving forces in the netbook category, just unveiled its new Wind U180 for 2012.
Zotac has emerged as one of the busiest bodies at this year's CES convention, at least in terms of new product announcements. Announced today is Zotac's new D2700-ITX WiFi Supreme, a next-generation starter kit of sorts for users looking to put together a home theater PC system. It's built around the mini-ITX form factor to save space on your home theater rack, and is powered by Intel's Cedar Trail platform and an Nvidia GeForce GPU.
The introduction of Intel's Cedar Trail platform might spark some renewed interest in the netbook category, especially as buyers looking for an affordable and highly portable machine grapple with whether to overspend on a underpowered/under-equipped tablet PC, or really overspend on a newfangled Ultrabook. A new generation of netbooks could be just the thing these folks are looking for, and Asus will try to entice them with its upcoming Eee PC Flare series.
The once flourishing netbook market has been cannibalized by media tablets to the point that vendors have begun shying away from netbooks, with one of them eschewing the moniker and another exiting the segment altogether. Nevertheless, Intel recently went ahead with the launch of its third-generation Atom processor platform, codenamed Cedar Trail, for netbooks. Among the first wave of Cedar Trail-based netbooks will be a 10.1-incher from Acer, it has now emerged.
Intel has begun shipping two next-generation “Cedar Trail” Atom chips, to wit the D2700 and D2500. As the ‘D’ in their names suggests, both the new chips are aimed at entry-level desktops and all-in-on PCs. This comes despite rumors of Cedar Trail-D chips for nettops being delayed until November along with their netbook counterparts. Hit the jump for more.
Intel’s next-generation Atom platform, codenamed “Cedar Trail” and built on a 32nm manufacturing process, will be significantly cheaper when compared to current Atom N4xx and N5xx series CPUs, according to prolific rumormonger Digitimes. The chip maker is expected to begin shipping the next-generation Atom chips during the second half of 2011. Hit the jump for more.
A netbook loses most of its appeal when prices soar near or above that of a traditional notebook, and to prevent that from happening, Intel put certain restrictions in place for any manufacturers hoping to score a discounted Atom platform. One of the biggest rules netbook makers had to follow was the 10.1-inch form factor, or at least they used to. According to reports, Intel is rethinking things going forward.
Information on Intel's next-generation Atom platform codenamed "Cedar Trail" has started to leak out, and not all of it is good news.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the next batch of Atom processors still won't support DirectX 11 graphics, not unless Intel is planning to make a surprise announcement at the last minute. Cedar Trail D (for Desktop) and Cedar Trail M (for Mobile) will support DirectX 10.1, however, with a core that will look somewhat similar to Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge part.
More importantly, early indications suggest that the new Atom chips will have enough horsepower under the hood to handle Full HD decoding and hardware acceleration for MPEG2, VC1, ACV, and H.264. Cedar Trail will also support the Blu-ray 2.0 profile, which includes picture-in-picture functionality and some online goodies.