Foxconn has quietly slipped a pair of new mini-ITX Atom motherboards into its lineup, but unlike most Atom boards already in the wild, these new parts come equipped with 1.8Ghz chips instead of the slower 1.6Ghz Atom parts.
The D52S sports a dual-core D525 Atom processor nestled into Intel's NM10 chipset. Despite the tight confines, users can install up to 4GB of DDR2-800/667 memory (2 DIMM slots) and also have access to Intel's integrated GMA 3150 graphics, a single PCI slot, two SATA II slots, 5.1 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, and a bunch of ports (four USB 2.0, VGA, Parallel, Serial, audio jacks, etc).
The D42S sports a similar feature-set, but trades the dual-core D525 part for a single-core D425 processor, which is also clocked at 1.8GHz.
Both boards are listed as "coming soon" with the D52S expected to sell for around $95 and the D42S for around $80.
Intel's Atom processor line has become ubiquitous with netbooks and most nettops, but these aren't the only areas the Santa Clara chip maker sees Atom processors making a splash. Recent reports suggest Intel will make a serious push into the tablet market, and more recently, the company unveiled two new Atom parts for home and small business storage applications.
These include the single-core D425 and dual-core D525, both of which come clocked at 1.8GHz and support DDR3 SO-DIMMs. The two chips are paired with Intel's 82801 IR I/O controller and support Microsoft Windows Home Server and Linux operating systems.
This is relatively new territory for Intel's Atom line, but the platform is gaining steam. Ever since Intel shoved its Atom line into the home and business storage markets back in March 2010, several companies have jumped on board, including Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG, Netgear, QNAP, Thecus, and more.
Asus has managed to squeeze about as much performance as currently possible into its new netbook, the Eee PC 1215N. It all starts with a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, which is supplemented by Nvidia's Ion graphics chipset. Nvidia's Optimus technology is also part of the package, allowing the 1215N to switch between the discrete Ion chipset and integrated graphics to extend battery life.
Other features include choice of 250GB or 320GB hard drive, 500GB of cloud-based storage (Asus WebStorage), Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and HDMI-out.
With the HDMI-out port and Nvidia's Ion graphics, Asus claims you'll have no trouble playing back Full HD 1080p content on your a large screen TV. Embedded hardware decoders include H.264, VC1, and MPEG2.
Keeping true to its roadmap, Intel on Tuesday announced a couple of new Atom processors -- Atom D425 and D525 -- designed for nettops, low-power desktops, and all-in-ones.
Unlike the D410 and D510, these new chips come with a built-in DDR3 memory controller. Both are manufactured on a 45nm process technology and are clocked at 1.8GHz, but the D425 is a single-core part, whereas the D525 is a dual-core CPU. That means the D525 also sports twice as much L2 cache -- 1MB vs 512KB -- and sips slightly more juice at 13W TDP compared to 10W TDP.
These new parts also support Hyper-Threading and work with Intel's NM10 Express chipset, and will gradually replace the above referenced D410 and D510 processors in the marketplace.