It seems Intel's latest Atom processors might not be delayed as long as originally rumored -- if at all. The Cedar Trail parts were originally bound for launch this month but sources claimed they would be postponed until November because of an issue stemming from their DirectX 10.1 graphics drivers (they supposedly failed Microsoft's certification). However, two of the new components have been added to Intel's official price list (PDF).
Priced at $42 and $52 (in quantities of a thousand), the D2500 and D2700 are based on Intel's 32nm fabrication and feature two processing cores and 1MB of cache. The cheaper chip is clocked at 1.86GHz with a 400MHz integrated graphics core and supports two threads, while its pricier sibling runs at 2.13GHz/640MHz and handles four threads courtesy of Intel's Hyper-Threading technology. Both have a 10W thermal design power.
The chips are destined for various low-powered desktop solutions (hence the D in each model), such as nettops and compact productivity machines. They should be accompanied soon by two 32nm notebook Atom CPUs, the 1.6GHz N600 and 1.86GHz N800, which will replace the existing N455 and N475 Pine Trail processors. The mobile variants haven't been added to Intel's pricing sheet yet, but they're expected to cost $42 and $47.
According to slides leaked last month, the 32nm Atoms should offer a healthy boost over their predecessors. Much of the focus seems to be on the graphics speed of Intel's latest offering. The company has earned a bad rap for having lousy integrated graphics performance -- especially among Atom CPUs. Cedar Trail is expected to deliver an increase over Pine Trail chips, but their IGP will probably still lag behind AMD's Fusion APUs.
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