Next-gen Atom netbook platform delayed ’til November

Getting excited about the prospect of watching a Blu-Ray disc on a 10" screen at 1024×600 resolution? Well, why shouldn’t you be? That’s what Intel’s upcoming Cedar Trail-M platform will presumably enable, if it honors the traditional limitations on netbook display resolutions.

Sadly, you may have to wait to experience such bliss, because DigiTimes reports today that Cedar Trail-M has been bumped from its previously scheduled September release schedule to November. The culprits? Two possibly related things: "graphics driver issues" and Win7 certification.

The reason that explanation is plausible is straightforward enough. Cedar Trail-M is expected to include a new DirectX 10.1-capable graphics core, which could be a big upgrade from Intel’s current netbook IGP.

Although we’ve made light of it, the more notable addition may be Cedar Trail-M’s built-in video decoding block, which will accelerate HD formats, including Blu-ray. If it works right, that little logic block should allow Atom-based netbooks to play web videos smoothly, at long last, much like AMD’s Brazos APUs. Most netbooks may lack the display real-estate to convey the true glory of Blu-ray, but the platform’s anticipated support for Intel Wireless Display may take some of the air out of our attempts at snark.

The new, 32-nm Cedarview CPU (err SoC, uhm APU?) will be the key to this new platform, and its dual Atom CPU cores will be familiar, even if the IGP and video plumbing have been refreshed. Cedarview should pair up with the current NM10 south bridge chip to form Cedar Trail-M.

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    • DavidC1
    • 8 years ago

    The CPU comparison between Zacate and Atom is close for the most part: [url<]https://techreport.com/articles.x/20401/1[/url<] I'm not surprised at the problems they are having. Any time they do a big GPU architectural change, they struggle to get new drivers. Moving to PowerVR from GMA 3150 is even a bigger departure than the one they brought with the GMA X3000. People are always confusing features with performance. The fastest, 640MHz version is expected to be 2x faster than GMA 3150. That's about 1/4 of HD 2000. HD playback on Windows is never a straightforward story. Having such a large marketshare and trying to accomodate countless number of acceleration tech all under one belt diminishes the effect of having hardware acceleration in the first place.

      • basket687
      • 8 years ago

      Zacate and Atom may be close in CPU benchmarks, but there is an important point: Zacate has better single threaded performance while Atom achieves parity by utilizing hyperthreading, and single threaded performance is what really defines the “snappiness” of a system especially with low end CPUs like Atom and Zacate.

    • maroon1
    • 8 years ago

    The upcoming Atom N2600 dual core is going to have 3.5w TDP

    Thats less than half the TDP of Atom N550 (8.5w)

    Not to mention that the graphic part is going to be faster and support HD playback.

    In other words, the 32nm looks like a big improvement over 45nm Atom

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Bye bye Brazos.

        • Goty
        • 8 years ago

        Hello Krishna/Wichita.

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Tablets didnt kill the netbook. Intel’s slow pace with the Atom, along with arbitrary restrictions, killed the netbook.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    Oh no! I have to wait even longer to upgrade my overclocked P-III.

      • xeridea
      • 8 years ago

      Its probably faster than the Atom….

        • maroon1
        • 8 years ago

        No it is not

    • BlackStar
    • 8 years ago

    Intel having driver issues. Never heard of that before! 😛

    • basket687
    • 8 years ago

    Almost nobody is excited about those processors, the Atom CPU core has not improved in any meaningful way since 2008, and a better IGP has been available from AMD for almost a year.

      • Goty
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]and a better [b<]CPU + IGP[/b<] has been available from AMD for almost a year.[/quote<] Fixed that for you. 😉

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Too bad it consumes too much power.

        Cedar Trail can’t come soon enough, to bring us some decent battery life.

          • Goty
          • 8 years ago

          Except, you know, in those “real life” sort of scenarios.

      • tfp
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah that’s true I’m sure no one makes embedded devices with x86

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