Cedarview Atom details start trickling out

The arrival of AMD’s Brazos platform has made Intel’s Atom processors substantially less enticing, at least in netbooks and small-form-factor desktops. However, Intel is cooking up some new Atom chips based on its 32-nm fab process, and the guys at AnandTech have managed to snag a good few details about them.

Dubbed Cedarview (and part of the Cedar Trail platform), these new Atoms are reportedly due out in the fourth quarter of this year. AnandTech talks of a D2700 model with two cores, four threads, a 2.13GHz clock speed, and a 10W thermal envelope. There will also be an Atom D2500 chip with only two threads and a 1.86GHz frequency. AnandTech’s information concerns the desktop variants, so one would assume the mobile chips will have lower clock speeds and potentially only single cores, at least for lower-end variants.

Architecturally, the site says the CPU component of Cedarview chips won’t differ from that of current offerings, so you can probably expect only slightly higher performance on account of the clock speed increases. Integrated graphics may be another story, however. Word is that Intel will include a new IGP with DirectX 10.1 support and high-definition video decoding capabilities (including Blu-ray). That might mean next-gen Atoms won’t be a whole lot quicker in day-to-day tasks, but they’ll finally enable smooth HD video playback—something AMD’s Brazos platform can already do. More light gaming might also be in the cards if Intel beefs up the rest of the GPU, although I’m not holding my breath there.

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    • Incubus
    • 9 years ago

    ARM and AMD will soon kick Intel out of netbook and other ultra-portable markets.Amen

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      No.

        • jackbomb
        • 9 years ago

        Yes.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    what i always find to be a better determinant for chips is how they compare on the same process. If cederview is slightly faster than brazos, but is 32nm vs 40, i wonder how brazos would do at 32nm? I realize that the chips are what they are, but in measuring efficiency it really can only even, if they’re on the same node.

    i don’t need to mention i’m first. that seems to get people all riled up.

      • Game_boy
      • 9 years ago

      TSMC’s 40nm has similar characteristics to Intel’s 45nm. The node labels are just labels, there’s no real comparison to be made just from the names.

      Bobcat will also be on 28nm this year, as well as a refresh with a 5W model and Turbo Core, so AMD isn’t standing still.

      I would argue that Bobcat is a better core (as in design, independent of node) than Atom’s Bonnell, but the much more capable GPU than Intel’s is raising the TDP and die size to levels that don’t show it off, and in the things people bench (and use) on netbooks Brazos’ graphics are all but useless.

      Intel hasn’t modified the core design since 2008. I don’t know why; as a brand new core they could probably get 5-10% more IPC just from essentially bugfixes to the layout at no real cost.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        if bobcat hits 28nm this year, then i’ll hold off. that should bring huge advantages to performance and battery life.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          Probably not to battery life, but there will be a doubled up quad-core + Radeon 6400 version.

          • Game_boy
          • 9 years ago

          Well it’s taped out confirmed, so I’d be surprised if it wasn’t in products this year.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            I wonder if TSMC will get their process together on time for that… Or will it be like 40nm two years ago (merely a trickle of working chips, and products hard to find)?

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        They’re not going to bother because soon enough it will just be replaced with the SoC version they’ve been working on. Atom as it exists is just repurposing the core itself to build a CPU as cheap as possible, slapping it together with an old northbridge and manufacturing it on leftover equipment.

        They’re so cheap with it that shrinking it didn’t even fit their intention for three years, so that’s a dead giveaway of how much they’re really interested in improving it.

      • d0g_p00p
      • 9 years ago

      Do you anxiously wait for TR to have a new post just so you can stop hitting F5 over and over again in anticipation of being able to make the first post in the comments section just so you can write “first post!!!” Do you carve out another line in your desk marking how many thread and comment sections that you have “first post” Do you brag to all your online buddies that you have a first post and link that comment on your facebook page?

      I mean seriously who gives a rats a$$ if you have the first post in the comments? People most likely get riled up because it’s obnoxious and unnecessary.

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