Intel announced that there will be a new Atom processor to replace the netbook popular Atom N270. In my opinion, it’s about time. Sure, they released the Atom Z series. But that’s just a more efficient N270. I like the N270, but I always thought it could use a little more power. On my Eee PC 1000H, running a few tabs in Firefox will give the CPU some trouble. Flash video requires the majority of the CPU cycles.
The new Atom N450 will push the tiny CPU to the 2 GHz range. That’s a much needed increase for the highly efficient platform. Future netbooks will benefit greatly. Along with more power, the new CPU incorporates the GPU and memory controller on one smaller chip. The new platform, code name “Pine Trail”, will process information more efficiently and increase battery life. The newer chip will be easier to keep cool and easier to fit into smaller netbooks.
As we move to a more green society, expect a lot from the little Atom. You can already see it in action in form of nettops. A nettop is a netbook in a desktop form factor like the Eee Top. It’s basically an Eee PC with a 15.4 inch touchscreen for $500. Click here for more details. As for me, I like my Q9650. It’s fast.