2GHz Atom unveiled at IDF Beijing

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Atom processor launch, Intel released its highest-clocked version of the mobile processor yet at IDF Beijing early this morning. The company took the opportunity to show a live demo of Atom’s system-on-chip successor and talk about other upcoming products, as well.

The new Atom Z550 runs at 2GHz, and based on the name, we can tell it’s a Silverthorne offering aimed more at mobile Internet devices than netbooks and nettops. The Z550 supports Hyper-Threading technology and fits within a 3W power envelope. Intel also unveiled the Atom Z515, a model it says is the first to use Burst Performance Technology in order to "run at 1.2GHz when performance is needed in existing small and sleek MID form factors."

Moving on to yet-unreleased products, Intel showed a "live demo" of its Moorestown platform, which includes the Lincroft Atom SoC successor and the Langwell I/O hub. As part of the demo, Intel says it demonstrated a "greater than 10x" reduction in idle power draw compared to a current Atom platform.

Finally, Intel’s press release reiterated launch time frames for a couple of future products: eight-core, multi-socket Nehalem-EX processors for servers are on track to hit production in the second half of this year, and so are mainstream Nehalem derivatives, including 32nm Westmere parts. Also, Intel quotes a loose "late 2009/2010" for the release of the first Larrabee discrete graphics processors.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 11 years ago

    /[

    • robg1701
    • 11 years ago

    Im curious, what is the base/low clock on the Z515 ? Not a single article about these 2 products today has mentioned that hehe.

    • mackintire
    • 11 years ago

    I would disagree. A 2Ghz Atom processor would be a decent upgrade. That along with the Nvidia 9300M graphics and you have a ultra low powered netbook that will be usable and functional for the next 5-7 years.

    Some of us run our hardware longer than others, as we do not have disposable income.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      In order to do what you’re talking about it HAS to be dual core. I agree that a 2GHz Atom is just about getting to the right spot but not in single core form for PCs.

    • bowman
    • 11 years ago

    Current overclocking record on LN2 for Atom is 2.2GHz.

    Perhaps this new one will yield higher records?

    Yes, I know, it’s pointless, but that’s what’s so entertaining about it!

      • Bombadil
      • 11 years ago

      I find just my normal web browsing feels very slow, and overclocking to +2GHz required. The Atom is just too slow–maybe a Nano or maybe an Athlon 2650e or 3250e? The Athlons paired with a 7x0G or Geforce 8×00 chipset would be nice in this form factor.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Just uninstall Flash. Instant performance upgrade, and as a bonus you’ll be distracted less and get more done.

          • barleyguy
          • 11 years ago

          The Flashblock plugin is also a good option. It replaces Flash windows with a play button, and websites that require flash will still come up without complaining.

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 11 years ago

    Unless a netbook (or laptop for that matter) is being used for gaming or other such heavy lifting, a fast processor really isn’t necessary. In fact, I would consider a slower processor that uses less power and produces less heat to be the more desirable option.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah but atom is showing up in more than netbooks now.

      • dermutti
      • 11 years ago

      In my (admittedly limited) experience using an Atom based netbook, I feel a 25% increase in clock speed would be very welcome. And since it’s power draw is still very low (compared to standard desktop or mobile procs) I’m pretty interested in it. However, I do agree with the several other people who said it, that this will be most useful as a dual core offering. Hyperthreaded is better than not hyperthreaded, but an extra physical core just can’t be topped for responsiveness.

    • AMDisDEC
    • 11 years ago

    Intel recognizes the market is in China and Asia.
    As expected, ATOM will become another Intel pervasive technology shipping in tremendous volume.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      But at considerably lower profit per unit.

        • AMDisDEC
        • 11 years ago

        True, but that is ARM territory.
        If…WHEN Intel affects ARM as they have PowerPC, than ARM will be forced to introduce some new very serious compelling features/functions.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 11 years ago

    finally finally finally, about time atom was good for more than nettops these new anouncements give platforms like the ion some hope.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      I haven’t dug hard but I think the Z550 is a single core :/

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 11 years ago

    Yeehaaa! We built us up a new fangled 2.0 liter injected, VTEC engine and we is gonna put it in the early 70’s CVCC chassis. All you ricers can line up over yonder.

      • cocobongo_tm
      • 11 years ago

      Atom just kicked in! Yo!

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