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.
You might have already seen netbooks equipped with an Intel Atom N570 processor, but have the two of you been officially introduced? Not until this week, you haven't. We're not sure what's taken Intel so long, but the chip maker decided that now is the right time to announce its latest dual-core Atom N570 processor.
Load"*",8,1. Look familiar? If so, then like myself, you can remember cutting your tech teeth on the Commodore 64. I can't honestly say it's my favorite PC of all time, but it was my first, and you always remember your first.
Well guess what, folks. The C64 is back, at least in form, and in function it's purportedly "better than ever!" An upstart called Commodore 64 has licensed the Commodore name from Commodore Gaming and is bringing back the classic PC as a modern day nettop.
On the outside, it looks mostly like the Commodore 64 you remember from way back when. But its guts are completely different. There's a mini-ITX motherboard inside with an Intel Atom 525 dual-core processor nestled as snug as a bug in a keyboard. Other updated amenities include Nvidia Ion 2 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a pair of SATA 3Gb/s ports, a tray load DVD writer (Blu-ray optional), multi-card reader/writer, and five USB slots.
On the software side, there's a C64 emulator pre-installed so you can stop waxing nostalgic and relive all those classics. All that's missing is a price and a release date.
We’ve seen our share of miniature PCs over the years. They generally get smaller, more power-efficient, and quieter—but they never seem to get faster.
Take eMachine’s ER1402 machine, for example. This unique-looking, pedestal-mounted machine is the epitome of the original “nettop” concept: a low-power PC designed almost exclusively to browse the web. And that’s about all you can do with its single-core, low-clock chip.
The recipe for a successful nettop is fairly easy -- make it small, mix in enough horsepower to tackle 1080p video without any hiccups, and garnish with svelte trim. That's exactly what Acer claims to have cooked up with its new AspireRevo AR3700.
Described as roughly the size of a book, the AR3700 can be mounted on a small foot stand or hidden behind the back of an LCD TV with a VESA mounting system. Inside the small package sits an Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor and Nvidia Ion graphics, which Acer promises is enough to handle some light gaming, 1080p videos, and a bit of photo editing.
"The AspireRevo AR3700 is an excellent pick for consumers desiring an affordable device for enjoying digital media that won’t take up much space and will integrate well with the home entertainment center," said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. "When you consider the flexibility in mounting options, quiet operation and performance for the price, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more practical secondary computer for the home."
Rounding out the spec sheet is 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB SATA hard drive, media card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, Wireless-N, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
The AspireREvoe AR3700-U3002 is available now for $350.
Zotac has always had an impressive lineup of barebones Atom based Nettops, but even with the added power of the Ion 2 chipset behind it, 1080p streaming in flash could be hit or miss making them difficult to recommend for anything other than basic standard definition streaming. In response to the critical review the follow up Zboxes are now shipping with optional dual core Intel CULV processors giving them the extra kick needed to make it an extremely powerful HTPC. The appeal of the Zotac Zbox from an enthusiast standpoint is that they come without RAM, Hard Drives, or the OS allowing you to easily open and customize the performance to fit your intended application. You can simply pop in any old 2.5” hard drive you have lying around, or even step up to an SSD.
The new Zbox HD series sports either a Celeron 743 (single-core) or SU2300 (dual-core) processor, can accommodate DDR3 memory, and comes with HDMI / DVI outputs for the video. Additional storage can be added via any of the 6 external USB ports or the single eSATA. Built in Wi-Fi 802.11N, Gigabit Ethernet, and even 7.1 Channel LPCM surround sound round out the features on a box that makes my PS3 slim feel chubby.
Pricing for the new Zboxes haven’t been announced, but it sounds as though the entry level models will retail for around $270 or less according to Engadget. Hit the jump to check out for yourself how easy it is to pop one of these apart for easy upgrading.
Nvidia's long awaited Ion 2 platform is gaining steam in the nettop world. In addition to Asus' upcoming Eee Box EB1501P that's slated for release in a few weeks, Jetway has already started shipping its Mini Top HBJC600C99-52W-BW (we'll just call it the Mini Top, mmkay?).
Jetway's Mini Top sports an Intel dual-core Atom D525 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and an Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chip. Between the two, the Mini Top should be able to handle all those high-definition movies with little trouble, and while it won't run Crysis (so please don't ask), we expect this rig to be able to handle some lightweight gaming chores.
The Mini Top comes with two SO-DIMM slots with support for up to 4GB of DDR2 (the Eee Box supports DDR3), 7.1 channel onboard audio, a single serial ATA 3Gbps connector, eSATA/USB combo port, five embedded USB 2.0 ports, two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, 3-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI 1.3, DVI-I, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and an optional VESA bracket.
Jetway says you can pick in the Mini Top in white or black, and we spotted the latter selling on Newegg for $270.
A new setup guide on Dell's support website reveals what the OEM has planned for an upcoming refresh to its Zino HD line of nettops.
According to the support page, the revamped nettops are getting an AMD makeover with a range of processors, including the Athlon II Dual Core, Turion II Dual Core, Phenom II Triple Core, Phenom II Quad Core, and V Series Single Core.
There's also a new chipset involved -- RS880M+SB820M -- as well as integrated Radeon HD 5450 graphics with a 1GB dedicated frame buffer. Other upgrades include 802.11n Wi-Fi, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and Blu-ray drive.
No word on price or availability, but given that Dell has already pumped out a support page, we don't imagine you'll have to wait very long for a shipping product.
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.
Intel's first-gen Atom processors had a nice run and single-handedly kept both the processor market and PC shipment sector in the black during a worldwide tech recession that rocked 2009, but the dated chips are finally up for retirement.
According to Fudzilla, Intel will pull the plug on Atom 230 and 330 processor sales by the end of this month. That means netbook and nettop makers who already sold systems based on these older chips will have to check inventory levels and make sure they have enough to fill any potential warranty repairs.
Going forward, the Atom D525 and D425 parts will rank as Intel's fastest Atom chips until at least the end of the year, at which point they could end up being replaced with faster processors built on the same architecture.