Intel Details Next-Gen Atom Plans

Moves the chipset onboard the Atom processor.

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Intel has shed a little light on where the future of the Atom platform is headed.

Intel Details Next-Gen Atom Plans

First up is that the new Atom platform will be codenamed Pine Trail which sounds more like an air freshener for your car than it does anything else. The shift to Pine Trail will move the chipset, including the graphics and memory controller, onboard the Atom processor into a single chip.

Intel hopes that this redesign will lead to thinner chips, less fans, and this inreasing battery life while lowering the price of netbooks. Of course the integration of the memory controller and graphics should increase performance a little bit, providing faster access between the two and the processor itself.

There will be more information on this coming up at Computex according to Intel. There might even be some new products showcased at the event that will be based on the new platform. Intel expects to have the Pine Trail platform available to manufacturers in the second half of the year.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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