Integrated Atom to hit netbooks later this year

Intel will introduce the current Atom's successor for netbooks and nettops in the second half of this year, DigiTimes reports. Code-named Pineview, the chip will have both a graphics core and a memory controller built in—and coupled with a Tiger Point south bridge chip, it will reportedly cost even less than current Atom platforms.

According to DigiTimes, Pineview and Tiger Point will take up considerably less motherboard real estate than their predecessors—just 773 mm², down from 2174 mm² for the Atom N270 and 945GC chipset combo. Also, the site claims Pineview will further cut costs by moving from a six-layer PCB design to a four-layer one.

On top of that, Pineview may offer a little extra performance and lower power consumption. DigiTimes expects higher CPU clock speeds, 667MHz DDR2 memory support, and a higher-clocked graphics core (even though the graphics logic will still be GMA 950-based). Meanwhile, maximum power draw should drop from 8W to 7W.

Pineview sounds like the netbook- and nettop-bound cousin of Moorestown, the system-on-a-chip Atom successor Intel is cooking up for handheld systems. Intel demonstrated a working Moorestown platform (with a Lincroft SoC and Langwell I/O hub) at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan last October.

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